The New York Times Book of Archeology

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For the past two decades, readers of The New York Times have turned to the Science Times section for information on the latest discoveries in science, presented by awardwinning journalists and written for the layman. The New York Times Book of Archeology compiles the paper's best reporting on the search to uncover our past.

Trail the footprints of the earliest modern human to the beginning of our history; stand in awe with French explorers before magnificent 30,000-year-old ...

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Overview

For the past two decades, readers of The New York Times have turned to the Science Times section for information on the latest discoveries in science, presented by awardwinning journalists and written for the layman. The New York Times Book of Archeology compiles the paper's best reporting on the search to uncover our past.

Trail the footprints of the earliest modern human to the beginning of our history; stand in awe with French explorers before magnificent 30,000-year-old cave paintings; visit the ancient cities of Titris Hoyuk, Pompeii, and Petra; and glide across the belly of the Mediterranean to hunt for clues about a bygone trade route with the world's smallest and deepest-diving submarine. Finally, a new section created for this edition explores the secrets of human history revealed by an astonishing new archeology site -- our DNA. This is a book for anyone interested in the development of modern culture and the course of humanity's past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585743926
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Series: New York Times
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 7.03 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Before History Begins 3
Humans' Earliest Footprints Discovered 6
Prehistoric Art Treasure Is Found in French Cave 9
Vast Stone Age Art Gallery Is Found, But Dam May Flood It 15
"Venus" Figurines from Ice Age Rediscovered in an Antique Shop 21
Iceman's Stone Age Outfit Offers Clues to a Culture 25
World of Ancient Iceman Comes into Focus 31
First Settlers Domesticated Pigs Before Crops 35
Remaking the Wheel: Evolution of the Chariot 40
Enduring Mystery Solved as Tin Is Found in Turkey 46
Finding Suggests Weaving Preceded Settled Life 52
Another Ancient Innovation: City Planning 57
Why Live in Russia? Maybe Mammoths Were the Lure 62
2 Early Civilizations: Mesopotamia and Egypt 67
Ancient Clay Horse Is Found in Syria 69
Lost Capital of a Fabled Kingdom Found in Syria 72
Tomb of Ramses II's Many Sons Is Found in Egypt 77
Long-Lost Field Notes Help Decode Treasure 81
Forgotten Riches of King Tut: His Wardrobe 87
3 The Classical World 93
Santorini Volcanic Ash, Traced Afar, Gives a Date of 1623 B.C. 95
Outer "Wall" of Troy Now Appears to Be a Ditch 98
Ancient City of Petra Is Yielding Its Secrets 101
Ancient Graves of Armed Women Hint at Amazons 105
New Analysis of the Parthenon's Frieze Finds It Depicts a Horrifying Legend 108
Archaeologists Unearth Treasure Buried by the Cold War 113
Children's Cemetery a Clue to Malaria as Rome Declined 118
Ice Cap Shows Ancient Mines Polluted the Globe 122
4 Biblical Archaeology 125
Inscription at Philistine City Shows: This Is the Right Place 128
Fortress Yields Clues to Israel's Ancient Foe 134
From Israeli Site, News of House of David 138
Biblical Puzzle Solved: Jerusalem Tunnel Is a Product of Nature 142
Seeking a Replica of the Second Temple 146
5 The New World 151
Human Presence in Americas Is Pushed Back a Millennium 153
Cave Filled with Glowing Skulls: A Pre-Columbian Palace of the Dead 157
Corn in the New World: A Relative Latecomer 164
Tomb Find Suggests a Royal Family Murder 170
Volcano Captured Corn, Chilies and House Mice 175
An Ancient "Lost City" Is Uncovered in Mexico 179
Lost Civilization Yields Its Riches as Thieves Fall Out 182
Archaeologists Wonder at a City That Survived the Maya Collapse 186
Move Over, Iceman! New Star from the Andes 190
Using Earth's Magnetic Pull to Track Ancient Treasure 195
6 Underwater Archaeology 201
Secret Sub to Scan Sea Floor for Roman Wrecks 203
Roman Ships Found off Sicily, New Sites Broaden Study 208
Saving the Ship That Revolutionized War at Sea 211
Watery Grave of the Azores to Yield Shipwrecked Riches 219
Archaeologists Revise Portrait of Buccaneers as Monsters 226
Toppling Theories, Scientists Find Six Slits, Not Big Gash, Sank Titanic 232
Lost Japanese Sub with Two Tons of Axis Gold Found on Floor of Atlantic 238
7 The Latest from the Field
The Human Family Tree: Ten Adams and Eighteen Eves 246
When No One Read, Who Started to Write? 252
The Origins of the Europeans 258
New Answers to an Old Question: Who Got Here First? 264
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