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The Year of Discovery 2002

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The world of archaeology informs and entertains millions. Now there is a book that will captivate and fascinate armchair archaeologists, amateurs on weekend digs, and professionals toiling at sites around the globe. Compiled by the editors of Archaeology, this is the first in a series of annual publications documenting the leading archaeological discoveries around the world. Year of Discovery will enthrall readers with new facts and stories about our ancient African ancestors, a surprising expose of museum fakes,...
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Overview

The world of archaeology informs and entertains millions. Now there is a book that will captivate and fascinate armchair archaeologists, amateurs on weekend digs, and professionals toiling at sites around the globe. Compiled by the editors of Archaeology, this is the first in a series of annual publications documenting the leading archaeological discoveries around the world. Year of Discovery will enthrall readers with new facts and stories about our ancient African ancestors, a surprising expose of museum fakes, how to make a modern mummy, the sad tale of a Persian princess, the Taliban's cultural terrorism, touching the tomb of Midas, the misery of slavery on a plantation ... in New York, the mysterious flight of the Anasazi and a dive to the wreck of RMS Titanic. Filled with timelines, maps, charts, photographs, and illustrations, Year of Discovery takes you into the past on a journey of adventure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578261116
  • Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2002
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: A Bounteous Subject 3
Part I News Briefs 2001
January/February 7
March/April 11
May/June 18
July/August 21
September/October 23
November/December 26
Part II Africa
1. Ancient Ancestors: Kenyan fossils complicate the picture of early hominid evolution 33
2. Faking African Art: A five-year investigation reveals that most West African terra-cotta sculptures are fakes that have fooled specialists, sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and ended up in some of the world's most prestigious museums 36
Part III Egypt
3. Sacred Sands: Exploring the tombs and temples of ancient Abydos 47
4. Quest for Weni the Elder: An Old Kingdom cemetery yields the tomb of a "True Governor of Upper Egypt" 53
5. New Life for the Dead: Atlanta's Emory University unveils a unique collection of Egyptian mummies and decorated coffins 56
6. Case of the Dummy Mummy: Psst!... Hey buddy, wanna buy a falcon? 62
7. A Thoroughly Modern Mummy: Experimental archaeology--step by gruesome step, the Egyptian way 65
Part IV Asia & the Middle East
9. Saga of the Persian Princess: In a dangerous corner of the world, uneasy neighbors clamor for the gilded remains of a mummified noblewoman. Trouble is, she's a fraud 77
10. Biblical Iconoclast: Israel Finkelstein tilts with colleagues over the history of Early Iron Age Palestine 81
11. Letter from Israel: A fight over sacred turf: Who controls Jerusalem's holiest shrine? 87
12. Cultural Terrorism: The world deplores the Taliban's destructive rampage 93
13. Afghan Museum Under Siege: Attacked and looted by warring factions, Afghanistan's National Museum has now been stripped of 70 percent of its collections 96
14. Roots of Tibetan Buddhism: A U.S.-Chinese team hopes to clarify early Buddhist history in the high plateau of western Tibet 105
Part V Europe
15. Land of the Golden Fleece: Legendary Colchis lives on in the Republic of Georgia 112
16. Celebrating Midas: Contents of a great Phrygian king's tomb reveal a lavish funerary banquet 124
17. Bacchic Mysteries: Spiritual life in antiquity 130
18. When Gluttony Ruled!: Bones recovered from a Roman villa attest to an age of culinary hedonism 134
19. Savoring the Grape: For Romans, wine was the elixir of life, from cradle to grave 139
20. Rome 2000: The Eternal City Celebrates the jubilee in grand imperial fashion 142
21. Roman Life on the Danube: A legionary town becomes an archaeological park 147
22. Gallic Blood Rites: Excavations of sanctuaries in northern France support ancient literary accounts of violent Gallic rituals 151
23. Scotland's Irish Origins: Tracking the migration of Gaelic speakers who crossed the Irish Sea 1,700 years ago and became the Scots 155
Part IV South & Central America
24. Parlours to Pyramids: Fleeing the "gilded cage of English civilization," artist and adventurer Adela Breton became a skilled copier of Maya murals and reliefs in the early 1900s 164
25. On the Healer's Path: A journey through the Maya rain forest 170
Part VII North America
26. Flight of the Anasazi: Where did they go after abandoning Mesa Verde? A site in southern New Mexico provides intriguing clues 178
27. Closing the Ignorance Gap: Florida's once neglected history and prehistory now get top billing in K-12 textbooks statewide 183
28. Remembering Africa Under the Eaves: A forgotten room in a Brooklyn farmhouse bears witness to the spiritual lives of slaves 186
29. Birthplace of American Booze: Celebrating Washington's own whiskey distillery 192
30. Fire Fight at Hembrillo Basin: Buffalo Soldiers hold their ground in a nighttime skirmish with the Apache 195
31. Ham Hocks on Your Cornflakes: Examining the role of food in African-American identity 202
32. Diving on the Titanic: An archaeologist explores the famous wreck 207
33. Titanic in the Courts 212
About the Authors 217
Index 221
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