The Story of Archaeology: 50 Discoveries That Shaped Our View of the Ancient World

The Story of Archaeology: 50 Discoveries That Shaped Our View of the Ancient World

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By (author) Justin Pollard

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 252mm x 30mm | 1,061g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0857383434
  • ISBN 13: 9780857383433
  • Illustrations note: 150 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 389,185

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The Story of Archaeology tells the thrilling and fascinating tale of modern archaeology from its earliest beginnings to the present through 50 chronologically arranged profiles of iconic excavations - from the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Death Pit of Ur, from Machu Picchu to the Mary Rose, and from Hoxne to Hallstatt. Some of these are discoveries of the swashbuckling type - lost tombs filled with precious artefacts - but others consist of bricks and pieces of flint and pottery which have, in the story they tell, proved to be yet rarer and more valuable. Broken pots and test-tubes of ancient pollen can, after all, be just as much 'treasure' as the mask of Tutankhamun, for they all tell a part of the story that helps us to understand who we are and how we got here. Each site profile is accompanied by boxed features shedding light on the archaeological techniques used then and now, describing the cultures that have been discovered and telling the personal stories of the people who discovered them. Helpful locator maps and informative timelines are included for every site. Profiled sites include: Angkor Wat; Pompeii and Herculaneum; Easter Island; Ancient Olympia; The Hoxne flints; Petra; Belzoni in Egypt; Rosetta Stone; Nineveh and Nimrud; Cities of the Maya; Hallstatt; The Serapeum; Skara Brae; Lascaux; Troy; Great Zimbabwe; Wetherill and the Mid-West; Amarna; Java Man; The Lady of Elx; Knossos; The Antikythera Mechanism; Malta's Hidden Prehistory; Machu Picchu; The Death Pit of Ur; The Tomb of Tutankhamun; The Indus Valley Civilisation; Medieval Novgorod; The Ara Pacis; The Sutton Hoo; The Nazca Lines; The Dead Sea Scrolls; Khufu's Boat; Catalhoyuk; Port Royal; The Mary Rose; The First Australians; The Vindolanda Tablets; Lucy: Origin of our species; The Terracotta Army; Aztec Templo Mayor; Flag Fen; Lindow Moss; Custer's Last Stand; Battle of the Teutoberg Forest; Ice-bound Aircraft of Greenland; Death of an Iceman; Tombs of the Altay Mountains; Kennewick Man; The Amesbury Archer.

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Justin Pollard is a Cambridge University Archaeology graduate, who has television experience that includes Time Team and QI. Justin is the author of Seven Ages of Britain.

Table of contents

Introduction. Gigantic Works - Antonio da Magdalena at Angkor Wat, 1586-9. 'The City Disinterred' - The Discovery of Herculaneum and Pompeii, 1594-1763. The Navel of the World - The Mystery of Easter Island, 1722. Olympia Reborn - Locating the Site of the Ancient Olympics, 1766. 'A Very Remote Period Indeed' - John Frere and the Antiquity of Man, 1797. 'A Rose-Red City Half as Old as Time' - Burckhardt at Petra, 1812. In the Land of Ozymandias - Belzoni in Egypt, 1817. The Key to Egypt - The Secret of the Rosetta Stone, 1824. 'Careless of Comfort' - Layard Excavates Nineveh and Nimrod, 1839. 'Shattered Barques' - The Hidden Cities of the Maya, 1839. White Gold - The Salt Miners of Hallstatt, 1846. In Strabo's Footsteps - The Search for the Serapeum, 1850. The Stones Beneath the Sand - The Ancient Village of Skara Brae, 1850. The Lost World of Altamira - The Discovery of Cave Art, 1868. 'Men of Flesh' - Schliemann Excavates Troy, 1870. Searching for the Lost Temple of Solomon - Great Zimbabwe, 1871. The Cowboy Archaeologist - Richard Wetherill in the Midwest, 1884. Horizon of the Sun - The Forgotten City of the Sun Pharaoh, 1887. The Search for the Missing Link - Eugene Dubois Meets Java Man, 1890. 'The Most Beautiful Woman in the World' - Unearthing the Lady of Elx, 1897. The Realm of the Minotaur - Arthur Evans at Knossos, 1899. A Clockwork Universe - The Recovery of the Antikythera Mechanism, 1900. From the Bowels of the Earth - Malta's Hidden Prehistory, 1902. The Witchery of the Jungle - Machu Picchu, Outpost of the Incas, 1911. In the Land of Abraham - The Great Death Pit of Ur, 1922. A Sealed Doorway - Howard Carter in the Tomb of Tutankhamun, 1922. The Mound of the Dead - Discovery of the Indus Valley Civilization, 1924. The Medieval Time Machine - Beneath the Street of Novgorod, 1929. War and Peace - Restoring the Ara Pacis, 1938. Light on a Dark Age - The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial, 1939. The Riddle of the Sands - Decoding the Nazca Lines, 1946. The Wolf in the Cave - The Dead Sea Scrolls, 1947. Ship of a Million Years - Kamal el-Mallakh and Khufu's Boat, 1950. The First Town - The Strange World of Catalhoyuk, 1958. The Dunghill of the Universe - The Sunken City of Port Royal, 1966. The Flower of All Ships - Finding the Mary Rose, 1967. The People of Lake Mungo - The First Australians, 1968. Letters from the Wall - The Vindolanda Tablets, 1973. A Girl Called Lucy - The Origin of the Species? 1974. Guardians of Eternity - The Terracotta Army, 1974. Blood Rites - Uncovering the Aztec Templo Mayor, 1978. Water World - The Bronze Age Rituals of Flag Fen, 1982. The Bodies in the Bog - The Burials of Lindow Moss, 1983. A Soldier's Tale - The Archaeology of Custer's Last Stand, 1984. Missing in Action - Finding the Site of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, 1989. The Lost Squadron - The Ice-bound Aircraft of Greenland, 1990. The Ice Man Cometh - An Alpine Traveller from the Copper Age, 1993. Song of the Ice Maiden - The Frozen Tombs of the Altay Mountains, 1993. American Pioneers - Kennewick Man, 1996. New Arrivals - The Grave of the Amesbury Archer, 2002. Glossary. Index. Acknowledgements.