Linking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology by Kenneth L. FederLinking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology by Kenneth L. Feder

Linking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology

byKenneth L. Feder

Paperback | November 21, 2007

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Linking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology, Second Edition, offers an engaging introduction to the methods archaeologists use to reveal the human past. Employing an accessible and conversational writing style, Feder uses his students' field study of a three-thousand-year-oldNorth American village site as the backdrop to illustrate how archaeologists find, recover, study, and interpret the material culture left behind by earlier peoples.
Kenneth L. Feder is a Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University.
Title:Linking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to ArchaeologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 1.1 inPublished:November 21, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Past in the PresentArchaeology: The Study of the Human PastThe Context of AntiquityShadow of the Past1. How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Finding, Excavating, and Interpreting the Wood Lily Site in North-Central ConnecticutA Biography of ArchaeologyWhat Archaeologists Want to KnowDoing Archaeology: Practical ConsiderationsA Community's Shadow: The Archaeological SiteSearching for Evidence: Archaeological SurveyRevealing the Past: The Archaeological ExcavationInterpreting the Past: Gauging the Age of an Archaeological SiteInterpreting the Past: The Environmental Contexts of AntiquityTechnology: How People Made ThingsPutting Food on the Table: Reconstructing Ancient DietsFamilies, Neighbors, Enemies, and Strangers: Reconstructing Ancient Social SystemsConversing with the Dead: BioarchaeologyWood Lily: Portrait of a LifeLinked slide show2. A Biography of ArchaeologyWhat Is Archaeology?What Do We Mean by the Term Culture?Is Archaeology a Science?How Did Archaeology Get Started in the First Place?Why is Archaeology in the Anthropology DepartmentHow Do You Get to Be an Archaeologist?Who Owns the Past?What Kinds of People Go into Archaeology?3. What Archaeologists Want to KnowWhat Kinds of Research Goals Do Archaeologists Have?What Is It That Archaeologists Want to Find Out?Is Garbage Really All That Informative on the Subject of Human Behavior?4. Doing Archaeology: Practical ConsiderationsWhat Determines Where an Archaeologist Investigates in the First Place?How Is Archaeological Research Funded, and Why?What Laws Regulate Where Archaeologists Can Dig?What Are the Ethical Obligations of Archaeologists?Who Gets to Dig at an Archaeological Dig Site?Is Archaeology Really a Dangerous Pursuit?5. A Community's Shadow: The Archaeological SiteWhat Is an Archaeological Site and How Do You Know When You've Found One?What Kinds of Stuff Do Archaeologists Find at Sites?How Are Archaeological Sites Made?Site FormationWhy Do Archaeologists Need to Dig; Why Are Most Sites Buried?How Are Archaeological Sites Altered Once Buried?Linked slide show6. Searching for the Past: Archaeological Site SurveyHow Do Archaeologists Know Where to Look for Sites?How Can GIS Help Identify Places Where Sites Are Likely to Be Found?What Are the Mechanics of Looking for and Finding Sites?What Forms the Basis of an Archaeological Sampling Strategy?How Can You Find Archaeological Sites Just by Walking Around?How Deep Do You Have to Dig to Find Archaeological Material?How Can Archaeologists Probe the Subsurface Without Digging Holes?Linked slide show7. Revealing the Past: The Archaeological ExcavationHow Is Archaeological Research Like Detective Work?How Do You Measure and Record the Precise Location of a Site?How Are Achaeological Sites Named?How Do Archaeologists Excavate Sites?Why Are Archaeologists So Painstaking and Slow in Excavation?What Tools Do Archaeologists Use to Expose and Recover Artifacts?What Is an Excavation Unit and How Is It Labeled?How Do Archaeologists Keep Track of Where Stuff is Found at Sites?Why Do Archaeologists Save All the Tiny Scraps of Stone, Bone, and Other Stuff?How Can You Determine the Size of an Ancient Habitation?What Preliminary Work Goes into an Archaeology Laboratory?Linked slide show8. Interpreting the Past: Gauging the Age of an Archaeological SiteHow Old Does Something Have to Be in Order to Be Considered Archaeological in the First Place?How Do Archaeologists Know How Old Artifacts and Sites Are?What Are Relative Dating Techniques?How Can You Date Sites by Stratigraphic Analysis?How Can You Determine a Relative Date for a Site by Reference to Artifact Style?What Are Chronometric or Absolute Dating Methods?How Does Dendrochronology Work?o What Are the Most Commonly Used Radiometric Dating Methods Relied on by Archaeologists?How Can the Shifting Location Of Magnetic North Be Used to Date Sites?How Can You Determine an Absolute Date for a Site by Reference to Style?Linked slide show9. Interpreting the Past: The Environmental Contexts of AntiquityWhy Do Archaeologists Want to Know About Ancient Environments?Does the Environment Cause Certain Adaptations?How Do Archaeologists Reconstruct the Environment?How Can Little Creatures Called Foraminifera Tell Us About Climate Change?What's Pollen Good For, Besides Making Us Sneeze?What Is a Pollen Profile?How Can You Identify Tree Species from Bits of Burned Wood?Linked slide show10. Technology: How People Made ThingsHow Do Archaeologists Figure Out How Ancient People Made Things?How Did Ancient People Make Stone Tools?What Are the Characteristics That Make a Rock Type Attractive to Stone Tool Makers?Why Is Pottery of Such Great Importance to Archaeologists?How Do You Make A Pot?How Can You Determine the Source of a Raw Material Used by Ancient People?How Do Archaeologists Figure Out the Function of an Ancient Tool?How Do Archaeologists Investigate the Technology of Monumental Construction?Linked slide show11. Putting Food on the Table: Reconstructing Ancient DietsWhy Do Archaeologists Want to Know What Foods Were Eaten by Ancient People?How Do Archaeologists Know What Foods Ancient People Ate?How Do Archaeologists Identify the Source of Fragmentary Organic Remains Found at Archaeological Sites?How Can You Tell What Kind of Animal Was Killed or Butchered with an Ancient Stone Tool?How Can You Tell What Kinds of Plants WereCollected or Processed with an Ancient Stone Tool?How Can You Determine the Importance of an Animal Species in a People's Diet?Can Human Waste Be Used to Help Reconstruct Diet?How Does Skeletal Chemistry Help Us Reconstruct an Ancient Diet?How Can the Season of a Settlement's Occupation Be Determined?12. Families, Neighbors, and Strangers: Reconstructing Ancient Social SystemsCan Archaeologists Figure Out the Social Relationships of Past People?Can Archaeologists Figure Out the Roles of Males and Females in Ancient Societies?How Does an Archaeologist Approach Issues of Economic, Social, and Political Inequality in an Ancient Society?How Is Ethnicity Reflected In the Archaeological Record?Can Archaeologists Reconstruct Ancient Religious Practices?How Are Rituals Preserved in the Archaeological Record?How Do Archaeologists Trace the Movement of Ideas?How Can Archaeologists Reveal Ways of Life of People Whose Reality Was So Different from Our Own?13. Conversing with the Dead: BioarchaeologyWhy Are Archaeologists Interested in Human Bones?Why is the Excavation of Human Skeletons a Contentious Issue?How Can You Determine the Sex of a Person from His or Her Skeleton?How Can You Determine the Age of a Person from His or Her Skeleton?How Can You Determine the Health of a Person from His or Her SkeletonHow Can You Determine the Ethnic Identity of a Person from His or Her Skeleton?How Can You Determine the Geographic Location of Where Someone Was Born and Grew Up?14. Wool Lily: Archaeological Portrait of a LifeThe Environment of Wood LilyThe Wood Lily Larder: Food for ThoughtMaking Tools at Wood LilyWood Lily LivesEpilogueGlossaryBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"Archaeologists are, or ought to be, storytellers, and Ken Feder is an accomplished raconteur. Linking to the Past is great fun to read because of the many engaging stories and anecdotes of the author's own fieldwork, laboratory research, classroom experiences, and other incidents it includes.This book is more likely to actually be read by students." --Eric Johnson, University of Massachusetts