Discovering Our Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology

Paperback | March 4, 2013

byWendy Ashmore, Robert Sharer

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Discovering Our Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology introduces students to the techniques, methods, and theoretical frameworks of contemporary archaeology in a brief format. Adopted and streamlined from the authors’ hardcover text, Archaeology: Discovering Our Past, this book provides students with a variety of archaeological perspectives through comprehensive information on contemporary methods and theories. Illustrative examples and case studies represent a temporal and geographic balance of both Old and New World sites.

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Discovering Our Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology introduces students to the techniques, methods, and theoretical frameworks of contemporary archaeology in a brief format. Adopted and streamlined from the authors’ hardcover text, Archaeology: Discovering Our Past, this book provides students with a variety of archaeological per...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:9.1 × 6.3 × 0.5 inPublished:March 4, 2013Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0078034914

ISBN - 13:9780078034916

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Table of Contents

Preface

Gallery of Maps

1.INTRODUCTION

Archaeologists and Archaeology

Archaeology as a Science

Archaeology and History

Archaeology and Anthropology

Archaeology as a Profession

Summary

Volume Overview

For Further Reading

2. ARCHAEOLOGY'S PAST

The Origins of Archaeology

The Emergence of Modern Archaeology

Summary

For Further Reading

3. CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES TO ARCHAEOLOGY

Culture History

Cultural Process

Emergent Approaches

Summary

For Further Reading

4. HOW ARCHAEOLOGY WORKS

Archaeological Data

Deposition and Transformation

Research Design

Archaeological Research Projects

Summary

For Further Reading

5. FIELDWORK

Archaeological Survey

Excavation

Data Processing

Classification

Summary

For Further Reading

6. ANALYZING THE PAST

Artifacts

Ecofacts

Features

Summary

For Further Reading

7. DATING THE PAST

Seriation

Sequence Comparison

Stratigraphy

Geochronology

Obsidian Hydration

Floral and Faunal Methods

Radiometric Methods

Archaeomagnetism

Limited and Experimental Methods

Summary

For Further Reading

8. RECONSTRUCTING THE PAST

Analogy

Identifying Activities

Summary

For Further Reading

9. UNDERSTANDING THE PAST

Culture Historical Interpretation

Processual Interpretation

Emergent Interpretations

Understanding the Past from Multiple Approaches

Summary

For Further Reading

10. ARCHAEOLOGY TODAY

Looting and Antiquities Collecting

Destruction in the Name of Progress

Cultural Resource Management

Effects of Nationalism, Colonialism, and War

Working with Descendant Communities

The Responsibilities of Archaeology

Archaeology for Tomorrow

Summary

For Further Reading

Bibliography

Credits

Glossary

Index