In The Beginning: An Introduction To Archaeology by Brian M. FaganIn The Beginning: An Introduction To Archaeology by Brian M. Fagan

In The Beginning: An Introduction To Archaeology

byBrian M. Fagan, Nadia Durrani

Paperback | September 26, 2013

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Demonstrates the importance of archaeology today

In the Beginning: An Introduction to Archaeology presents the history and methods of archaeology and explores its significance today. The text introduces archeology's basic principles along with numerous examples from all over the world. Authors Brian Fagan and Nadia Durrani provide a comprehensive summary of the field for people who have little or no experience.

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  • Provides A Comprehensive Overview ¿ Readers gain a broad understanding of archaeology, including its interdisciplinary nature, major scientific contributions, international research, and methods and theories. A special chapter covers career opportunities in archaeology. A new organization moves archaeological theory to the beginning, so readers can develop a deeper understanding of this field.
  • Offers an Engaging Introduction ¿ The jargon-free narrative provides an accessible introduction to the study of archaeology. In the Beginning is now four-color for a livelier and enriching experience. 
  • Explores Significant Historical Events ¿ Seven photo essays titled People of the Past appear throughout the book, covering such luminaries as pharaoh Ramses II and societies like the Cro-Magnons of late Ice Age Europe. Spectacular findings featured in Discovery boxes reflect new developments in archaeology.
  • Incorporates Fresh Ideas from a New Co-Author ¿ Esteemed colleague, Nadia Durrani, has been brought on board as a co-author. She brings a wealth of field experience in Arabia, Britain, and elsewhere as well as extensive editorial experience as the former Editor of Current World Archaeology, to the team.

About The Author

Brian Fagan is one of the world¿s leading archaeological writers and an internationally recognized authority on human prehistory. He studied archaeology and anthropology at Pembroke College, Cambridge University, and then spent seven years in sub-Saharan Africa working in museums and in monuments conservation and excavating early farmi...

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Title:In The Beginning: An Introduction To ArchaeologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.7 inPublished:September 26, 2013Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0205966586

ISBN - 13:9780205966585

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Table of Contents

PART I: BACKGROUND TO ARCHAEOLOGY
Chapter 1: Introducing Archaeology  
Chapter 2: The Beginnings of Scientific Archaeology: Sixth Century B.C. to the 1950s  
Chapter 3: The Many-Voiced Past: Archaeological Thought from the 1950s to Now
PART II: THE BASICS 
Chapter 4: Matrix and Preservation 
Chapter 5: Doing Archaeological Research 
Chapter 6: Culture, Data, and Context  
Chapter 7: How Old Is It? 
PART III: RECOVERING THE DATA  
Chapter 8: They Sought It Here, They Sought It There: Finding the Past  
Chapter 9: How to Excavate  
PART IV: ANALYZING THE PAST: ARTIFACTS AND TECHNOLOGY 
Chapter 10: Classifying Artifacts  
Chapter 11: Technologies of the Ancients  
PART V: STUDYING ENVIRONMENTS AND PEOPLE 
Chapter 12: Ancient Environments  
Chapter 13: What Did We Eat?
Chapter 14: The Living Past  
Chapter 15: Landscape and Settlement  
Chapter 16: Interactions: People of the Past  
Chapter 17: Archaeology and the Intangible 
PART VI: MANAGING THE PAST 
Chapter 18: Cultural Resource Management and Public Archaeology  
Chapter 19: Archaeology and Contemporary Society  
PART VII: CAREERS AND RESOURCES  
Chapter 20: So You Want to Become an Archaeologist?

Editorial Reviews

“The organizational scheme of the book is sound, logical, and well done; this is clearly a book that will serve in any introductory archaeology course. The author’s style is comfortable and easy to understand.”         - James L. Fitzsimmons, Middlebury College   “. . . engaging without pandering or writing down to or patronizing the student. The chapter outlines, summaries, and study questions seem spot on.”         - Mary C. Beaudry, Boston University   “Thorough and comprehensive and works well as a basic introductory textbook for beginners in archaeology.”         - Curtis Runnels, Boston University