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The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology: The World's Most Significant Sites and Cultural Treasures
     

The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology: The World's Most Significant Sites and Cultural Treasures

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by Aedeen Cremin (Editor)
 

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It can be browsed or studied, and it would engage the informal student as well as the serious reader. Strongly recommended for public libraries needing just one basic resource.
—Booklist

As an introduction to the archaeological discoveries of the last few centuries, there is little here to be faulted, particularly at this price. Recommended

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It can be browsed or studied, and it would engage the informal student as well as the serious reader. Strongly recommended for public libraries needing just one basic resource.
—Booklist

As an introduction to the archaeological discoveries of the last few centuries, there is little here to be faulted, particularly at this price. Recommended for high school, public, and college libraries.
—Library Journal

The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology is a sweeping exploration of archaeology that spans the globe from the beginning of recorded history and earlier. Here is a comprehensive view of the past as seen through the remnants of civilizations as they emerge and expand. The book begins by defining modern and ancient archaeology and gives the history of archaeology through the centuries. The different types of archaeology are explored, along with the techniques used for each and the problems, concerns and issues archaeologists face today.

The main section of the book details each region of the world, with the authoritative text revealing the fascinating history of important archaeological sites. This global perspective includes more than 700 illustrations. The atlas section with detailed maps provides placements throughout history.

Accurate, in-depth and up to date, The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology is compelling reading. It serves as an outstanding reference for professionals, researchers, history buffs and general readers.

The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology includes:

  • The first humans
  • Early hunter-gatherers and farmers
  • Megalithic builders
  • The Bronze Age
  • The Greeks and Romans
  • The Dark Ages
  • Ancient Mesopotamia
  • The Persian Empire
  • Nomadic states
  • The Indus civilization
  • China's dynasties and empires
  • Japan and Southeast Asian kingdoms
  • Early Mesoamericans
  • The Maya, Aztec and Inca
  • Ancient Egypt and the Upper Nile
  • Iron Age Africa
  • Australian Aborigines.

Highlights:

  • Compiled and written by an international team of archaeologists and historians
  • Reveals the most up-to-date findings and their significance
  • Organized geographically by region and key sites
  • Uncovers the world's most important sites and treasures
  • Spans all periods of human settlement
  • Locator guide to sites by country
  • List of World Heritage Sites
  • 18 special features focus on intriguing topics
  • Further readings and a glossary
  • More than 700 color illustrations
  • Attractive maps that show locations of key sites.

Editorial Reviews

Science News
[Review for previous edition] This profusely illustrated guide presents the history of archaeology, defines its subfields, and considers some of its challenges.
DIG
[Review for previous edition] A must read for anyone interested in archaeology... Historical and modern photos, as well as detailed maps, make perfect ccomplements to the text.
Choice - Mark T. Bay
[Review for previous edition] The color photographs are well chosen and of high quality. The inclusion of maps for each individual site and timelines for the most complex civilizations add to the usefulness the work. Sidebars are both interesting and relevant. Langauage and presentation will make this volume useful to libraries serving middle school studenets and abov. Because of the general nature of the work, it will be most useful for middlde and secondary schools as well as public libraries.
Booklist - Patricia Hogan
[Review for previous edition] More than 550 archivval and color images, 20 regional maps, and 150 locator maps, as well as time lines make the past ages live.... The book is very readable as well as a useful reference tool. It can be browsed or studied, and it would engge the informal student as well as the serious reader.... Rich, colorful photographs and artwork are found on every page.... Strongly recommended for public libraries needing just one basic resource.
Library Journal

Edited by archaeologist Cremin (The Celts in Europe), this encyclopedia comprises the entire history of humankind from the earliest fossil hominids 30 million years ago to the Kingdom of Hawaii in the early 19th century. After a concise overview of the history, issues, problems, and techniques of the field, the main atlas, which covers 150 archaeological sites, is arranged semichronologically within broad geographical areas. The A-to-Z entries are clearly written for a general audience by practicing archaeologists who are specialists in the subject areas covered. Many entries have inset boxes that further explore some aspect or issue related to the main article, and an archaeological time line, a glossary of terms, and a list for further reading are also included. Lavishly illustrated in full-color throughout, the volume belies its modest price and could be mistaken for a coffee-table book were the informational aspects of the work less impressive.

—Amanda Sprochi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770851610
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/06/2012
Edition description:
New Lower-Priced Format
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
687,837
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Aedeen Cremin is an archaeologist and a visiting Fellow at the Australian National University at Canberra. She is the general editor of Historic Environment, the author of The Celts in Europe and the co-author of Australia's Age of Iron.

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The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology: The World's Most Significant Sites and Cultural Treasures 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
K_H_N More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent collection of a variety of archaeological sites all over the world. It does an effective job of breaking the book in categories. The book is divided by world regions, for example--North America or Africa. Then the book breaks it down into further categories such as Early People and etc. This book provides vivid pictures and informative narratives. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in archaeology.
Mistress_Nyte More than 1 year ago
This book is a great collection of places worldwide that have great archaeological significance. Each place is just a snapshot of what has been discovered, but it's a great place to start looking.
DeneMD More than 1 year ago
Ms. Cremin's book is a wonderful compilation on the many archaeological sites throughout the world. It is relatively thorough in describing their locations and features. Highly recommended for the general reader or for anyone interested in the subject.