Archaeology : Original Readings

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Written by some of the top archaeologists in the country, this collection of 25 articles covers the entire range of archaeological methods as well as issues and controversies in contemporary archaeology. Illustrates through case studies how archaeologists put methods into practice to solve problems. Explores how ideas were formed and research conducted along with the people behind the process of archaeological discovery. Focuses on how archaeologists find and recover data from archaeological sites and materials, with examples from the contributors' own research. Examines issues and controversies in contemporary archaeology, discussing different theories, opinions, and evidence on various issues. For anyone interested in learning more about archaeological methods and discoveries.
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  • Hardback | 422 pages
  • 154.4 x 227.1 x 18.5mm | 517.1g
  • Prentice Hall
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 0130939781
  • 9780130939784
  • 2,146,645

Table of contents

Introduction by P.N. Peregrine, C.R. Ember, and M. Ember.

 1. The Discovery of Archaeological Sites, S. Ball.
 2. Dating Archaeological Materials, R.E. Taylor.
 3. The Conservation of Archaeological Materials, C. Sease.
 4. Lithic Analysis: Chipped Stone Tools and Waste Flakes in Archaeology, R. Kelly.
 5. Learning about the Past Through Archaeological Ceramics: An Example from Vijayanagara, India, C. Sinopoli.
 6. The Analysis of Archaeological Plant Remains, N. Miller.
 7. The Study of Human Subsistence Behavior Using Faunal Evidence from Archaeological Sites, R. Redding.
 8. Bare Bones Archaeology: The Bioarchaeology of Human Remains, C. Larsen.
 9. Dental Deductions: Why and How Anthropologists Study Teeth, J. Lukacs.

10. Were Our Ancestors Hunters or Scavengers?, J. Speth.
11. When and How Did Humans Populate the New World?, W. Parry.
12. Were Early Agriculturalists Less Healthy Than food-Collectors?, M.N. Cohen.
13. Maya Hieroglyphs: History or Propaganda?, J. Marcus.
14. Gender and Archaeology, C. Claassen.
15. Prehistoric Social Evolution, K. Flannery.
16. Ethics in Archaeology, M. Lynott.

17. Cloth Production and Gender Relations in the Inka Empire, C.L. Costin.
18. Investigating Craft Specialization during the Longshan Period of China, A. Underhill.
19. Reading the Land: The Archaeology of Settlement and Land Use, C. Crumley.
20. Archaeological Survey in the Mixtec Sierra, L. Finsten.
21. Exploring Aztalan and Its Role in Mississippian Societies, L. Goldstein.
22. Ancestor Veneration in Lowland Maya Society: A CaseStudy from K'axob, Belize, P. McAnany.
23. De-Mystifying the Past: The Great Zimbabwe, King Solomon's Mines, and Other Tales of Old Africa, J. Vogel.

24. Archaeologist at Work, R. Blanton.
25. Origins of Social Inequality, E. Brumfiel.
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