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In the Beginning uses an international perspective throughout while outlining the basic principles, methods, and theoretical approaches of modern archaeology. Its clear exposition of the basic principles of archaeology in combination with numerous interesting examples from all over the world and balanced coverage of archaeology makes this text a superb entry point for beginners.
Table of Contents
To the Reader
To the Instructor
About the Author
What Happened in Prehistory?
BACKGROUND TO ARCHAEOLOGY
Chapter 1 Introducing Archaeology
A SHORT HISTORY OF ARCHAEOLOGY: SIXTH CENTURY B.C. THROUGH A.D. 2007
Chapter 2 The Beginnings of Scientific Archaeology
Chapter 3 Science, Ecology, and the Many-voiced Past: from the
Chapter 4 Matrix and Preservation
Chapter 5 Doing Archaeological Research
Chapter 6 Culture, Data, and Context
Chapter 7 How Old is It?
RECOVERING THE DATA
Chapter 8 They Sought it Here, They Sought it There: Finding the Past
Chapter 9 Excavation
ANALYZING THE PAST: ARTIFACTS AND TECHNOLOGY
Chapter 10 Classifying Artifacts
Chapter 11 Technologies of the Ancients
ENVIRONMENTS, LIFEWAYS, PEOPLE AND THE INTANGIBLE
Chapter 12 Ancient Environments
Chapter 13 Ancient Lifeways
Chapter 14 The Living Past
Chapter 15 Landscape and Settlement
Chapter 16 Interactions: People of the Past
Chapter 17 Archaeology and the Intangible
MANAGING THE PAST
Chapter 18 Cultural Resource Management and Public Archaeology
Chapter 19 Archaeology and Contemporary Society
CAREERS AND RESOURCES
Chapter 20 So You Want to Become an Archaeologist?