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    DescriptionUncovering the Past is an absorbing history of archaeology that traces the study of ancient material culture from its beginnings as a hobby for Renaissance scholars to the sophisticated modern discipline we know today. Professor William Stiebing devotes the first part of his chronicle to the exploits of the colorful, dynamic excavators of archaeology's "Heroic Age." One may wonder whether the adventures of Indiana Jones are really far-fetched after reading Steibing's account of Giovanni Belzoni's removal of the seven-ton colossus of Ramesses II, which was dragged by wooden platform and transported by boat from Egypt to London; or of clergyman John Peters' skirmish with Arab tribesmen, who surrounded his excavation site and finally pillaged and burned his camp; or of Heinrich Schliemann's quest to prove the authenticity of Homer's Iliad by searching for ancient Troy in Turkey. The second part of the book shifts the focus to modern archaeology, describing how new methodologies and techniques such as area surveys, statistics, carbon-14 dating, and computer visualization are turning the former pastime of dillettnates into a rigorous science. Uncovering the Past is an excellent introduction to archaeology, both for those who enjoy its romance and those who seek an accurate survey of its history and current status.


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    Title
    Uncovering the Past
    Subtitle
    History of Archaeology
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William H. Stiebing
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 315
    Width: 159 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780879757649
    ISBN 10: 0879757647
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: HD
    DC22: 930.1
    DC20: 930.1
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15530
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    B&T Approval Code: A17090000
    LC classification: CC100.S75, CC100 .S75 1993
    Thema V1.0: NK
    Edition statement
    New.
    Publisher
    Prometheus Books UK
    Imprint name
    Prometheus Books UK
    Publication date
    19 October 1993
    Publication City/Country
    Amherst
    Back cover copy
    This absorbing history of archaeology traces the study of ancient material culture from its beginnings as a hobby for Renaissance scholars to the sophisticated modern discipline we know today. Professor Stiebing devotes the first part of his history to the exploits of the colorful, dynamic excavators of archaeology's Heroic Age. One may wonder whether the adventures of Indiana Jones are really far-fetched after reading Stiebing's account of Giovanni Belzoni's removal of the seven-ton colossus of Ramesses II, which was dragged by wooden platform and transported by boat from Egypt to London; or of clergyman John Peters' skirmish with Arab tribesmen, who surrounded his excavation site and finally pillaged and burned his camp; or of Heinrich Schliemann's quest to prove the authenticity of Homer's Iliad by searching for ancient Troy in Turkey. The second part of the book shifts the focus to modern archaeology, describing how new methodologies and techniques such as area surveys, statistics, carbon-14 dating, and computer visualization are turning the former pastime of dilettantes into a rigorous science. Uncovering the Past is an excellent introduction to archaeology, both for those who enjoy its romance and those who seek an accurate survey of its history and current status.