Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 9, 2012

byPaul Bahn

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This entertaining Very Short Introduction reflects the enduring popularity of archaeology - a subject which appeals as a pastime, career, and academic discipline, encompasses the whole globe, and surveys 2.5 million years. From deserts to jungles, from deep caves to mountain tops, from pebbletools to satellite photographs, from excavation to abstract theory, archaeology interacts with nearly every other discipline in its attempts to reconstruct the past.In this new edition, Paul Bahn brings the text up to date, including information about new discoveries and interpretations in the field, and highlighting the impact of developments such as the potential use of DNA and stable isotopes in teeth, as well the effect technology and science are having onarchaeological exploration.

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This entertaining Very Short Introduction reflects the enduring popularity of archaeology - a subject which appeals as a pastime, career, and academic discipline, encompasses the whole globe, and surveys 2.5 million years. From deserts to jungles, from deep caves to mountain tops, from pebbletools to satellite photographs, from excavat...

Paul Bahn is a freelance writer, translator, and broadcaster in archaeology. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a corresponding member of the Archaeological Institute of America, a contributing editor of Archaeology magazine (New York), and vice-president (UK) of the Easter Island Foundation. He instigated and led the proje...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:136 pagesPublished:August 9, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199657432

ISBN - 13:9780199657438

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Table of Contents

1. The Origins and Development of Archaeology2. Making a Date3. Technology4. How Did People Live?5. How Did People Think?6. Settlement and Society7. How and Why Did Things Change?8. Minorities and Sororities9. Presenting the Past to the Public10. The Future of the PastFurther readingIndex

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"It is often said that well-written books are rare in archaeology, but this is a model of good writing for a general audience. [The] chapters rattle along, packed with information by never getting bogged down in too much details. The book is full of jokes, but its serious message-thatarchaeology can be a rich and fascinating subject-it gets across with more panache than any other book I know." --Simon Denison, editor of British Archaeology