Introducing Archaeology, Second Edition

Introducing Archaeology, Second Edition

by Robert J. Muckle

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Introducing Archaeology offers a lively alternative to many other texts. While covering traditional elements of archaeology, including methods and prehistory, the book also integrates the key principles of curriculum reform for the twenty-first century, as outlined by the Society for American Archaeology. The second edition highlights recent developments in the field and includes a new chapter on archaeology beyond mainstream academia. It also integrates more examples from popular culture, including mummies, tattoos, pirates, and global warming. What results is a surprisingly fresh and contemporary take on archaeology, one that situates the discipline within, but also beyond, the academy.

Introducing Archaeology is accompanied by a free website with chapter-by-chapter resources for students, including study questions. Visit Instructor ancillaries for Introducing Archaeology include an instructor's manual, PowerPoint slides, and a testbank.

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ISBN-13: 9781442607873
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 07/25/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Robert J. Muckle is Professor of Anthropology at Capilano University.

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Text Boxes
Note to Instructors
Note to Students
About the Author

1. Situating Archaeology
Images of Archaeology
Defining Archaeology
A Scholarly Endeavor, a Profession, and a Craft
Archaeology versus Archeology
Contextualizing Archaeology
Rationalizing Archaeology
Basic Concepts in Archaeology
Key Resources and Suggested Reading

2. Looking at Archaeology's Past
From the Ancient Philosophers to the End of the Eighteenth Century
Archaeology in the Nineteenth Century
From 1900 Onward
Key Resources and Suggested Reading

3. Managing Archaeology in the Early Twenty-First Century
The Four Major Types of Archaeology
Subfields of Archaeology
National and International Heritage Management
Ethics and Archaeology
Career Tracks in Archaeology
Sharing Information
Key Resources and Suggested Reading

4. Comprehending the Archaeological Record
Defining the Archaeological Record and Its Components
Creating Archaeological Sites
Understanding Bias in the Preservation of Material Remains
Site Disturbance
Key Resources and Suggested Reading

5. Working in the Field
Designing Archaeological Field Projects
Discovering Archaeological Sites
Field Laboratories
Ethnoarchaeology and Experimental Archaeology: Research Design and Field Methods
Hazards of Fieldwork
Key Resources and Suggested Reading

6. Working in the Laboratory
Laboratory Processes
Artifact Analysis
Ecofact Analysis
Analysis of Human Remains
Using DNA in Archaeology
Key Resources and Suggested Reading

7. Reconstructing Culture History
Determining Antiquity
Conceptualizing Time
World Prehistory
Ancient Civilizations
Key Resources and Suggested Reading

8. Reconstructing Ecological Adaptations
Reconstructing Palaeoenvironments
Reconstructing Settlement Patterns
Reconstructing Subsistence Strategies
Distinguishing Wild Plants and Animals from Domestic
Reconstructing Diet
Key Resources and Suggested Reading

9. Reconstructing the Social and Ideological Aspects of Cultures
Reconstructing Inequality
Reconstructing Types of Societies
Reconstructing Identity
Reconstructing Ideology
Key Resources and Suggested Reading

10. Explaining Things of Archaeological Interest
Three Levels of Archaeological Research
Mechanisms of Culture Change
Conceptual Frameworks
Explaining the Transition to Food Production
Explaining the Collapse of Civilizations
Understanding Bias in Archaeological Explanations
Evaluating Competing Explanations
Key Resources and Suggested Reading

11. The Archaeology of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
The Current State of Archaeology
Archaeologies of the Contemporary
Archaeology, Climate Change, and Sustainability
Predicting the Future of Archaeology
Final Comments
Key Resources and Suggested Reading


What People are Saying About This

Jason De Leon

Comprehensive, practical, modern, and humorous: Muckle has written a textbook that conveys all of the excitement, uncertainty, and deep insight that accompanies that wonderful and complicated thing we call archaeology. This is the perfect example of how archaeology can be presented to students in

an accessible and inviting way while maintaining intellectual integrity.

Lisa Hodgetts

The writing style and reasonable price are enough to recommend the book, but I use this text in my first-year class because, unlike most introductory texts, it emphasizes the social context of archaeology. Muckle explores the discipline's ethical responsibilities, shows how archaeology is influenced by and can influence contemporary politics, and documents the many ways in which a critically engaged archaeology can make a positive social contribution in the present. This aspect of the book has been expanded in the final chapter of the second edition and cements Introducing Archaeology as my 'go to' text for first-year teaching.

Larry J. Zimmerman

In this intelligent, very readable text, Muckle exposes students to a subject that is likely very different from what they imagine. Whether it's an archaeology of five minutes ago, or thousands of years distant, he clearly explains how archaeologists think, all the while managing to keep the 'romance' intact.

Jane Baxter

Bob Muckle's Introducing Archaeology is a comprehensive overview of the discipline that is written with attention to student interests and needs. The book's content is balanced effectively between the nature of archaeological practice and the processes and products of archaeological interpretation. Students will come away with a sense of disciplinary history, an understanding of core issues of archaeological interest, and an appreciation for the social contexts of contemporary archaeological practice.

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