Ancient Lives

Ancient Lives : An Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory

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A combined method and theory and world prehistory text for Introductory Archaeology and World Prehistory.This is a book by one of the foremost archaeologists for complete beginners, written in a jargon-free style, and, as much as possible, as a narrative. This wide-ranging introduction to the most fundamental principles, methods, and theoretical approaches of archaeology, combined with coverage of the major developments of human prehistory, fills a need for an authoritative basic text that covers both archaeology and prehistory within a single volume.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 206.2 x 251.5 x 17.5mm | 893.59g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0131115537
  • 9780131115538

Table of contents

I. ARCHAEOLOGY: STUDYING ANCIENT TIMES. 1. Introducing Archaeology and Prehistory. 2. The Record of the Past. 3. Acquiring the Record. 4. How Did People Live? II. ANCIENT INTERACTIONS. 5. Individuals and Interactions. 6. Studying the Intangible. 7. Explaining the Past. III. THE WORLD OF THE FIRST HUMANS. 8. Human Origins. 9. African Exodus. IV. MODERN HUMANS SETTLE THE WORLD. 10. The Great Diaspora. V. THE FIRST FARMERS AND CIVILIZATIONS. 11. The Earliest Farmers. 12. The First Civilizations. 13. Early Asian Civilizations. VI. ANCIENT AMERICA. 14. Maize, Pueblos, and Moundbuilders. 15. Mesoamerican Civilizations. 16. Andean States. VII. ON BEING AN ARCHAEOLOGIST. 17. So You Want to Become an Archaeologist.
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About Brian Fagan

Brian Fagan is one of the leading archaeological writers in the world and an internationally recognized authority on world 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 farming sites in Zambia and East Africa. He was one of the pioneers of multidisciplinary African history in the 1960s. Since 1967, he has been professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has specialized in lecturing and writing about archaeology to wide audiences. Professor Fagan has written six best-selling textbooks: Ancient Lives: An Introduction to Archaeology; In the Beginning; Archaeology: A Brief Introduction; People of the Earth; World Prehistory; Historical Archaeology (with Charles E. Orser)-all published by Prentice Hall-which are used around the world. His general books include The Rape of the Nile, a classic history of Egyptology; The Adventure of Archaeology; Time Detectives; Floods, Famines, and Emperors: EI Nino and the Fate of Civilizations; Ancient North America; and The Little Ice Age. He is general editor of the Oxford Companion to Archaeology. In addition, he has published several scholarly monographs on African archaeology and numerous specialized articles in national and international journals. He is also an expert on multimedia teaching and has received the Society for American Archaeology's first Public Education Award for his indefatigable efforts on behalf of archaeology and education. Brian Fagan's other interests include bicycling, sailing, kayaking, and good food. He is married and lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and daughter, four cats (who supervise his writing), and last but not least, four rabbits.
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