Archaeology : An Introduction

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This substantially updated fourth edition of the highly popular, and comprehensive Archaeology: An Introduction is aimed at all beginners in the subject. In a lucid and accessible style Kevin Greene takes the reader on a journey which covers history, techniques and the latest theories. He explains the discovery and excavation of sites, outlines major dating methods, gives clear explanations of scientific techniques, and examines current theories and controversies. This fourth edition constitutes the most extensive reshaping of the text to date. New features include: *A completely new user-friendly text design with initial chapter overviews and final conclusions, key references for each chapter section, an annotated guide to further reading, a glossary, refreshed illustrations, case studies and examples, bibliography and full index *A new companion website built for this edition providing hyperlinks from contents list to individual chapter summaries which in turn link to key websites and other material *An important new chapter on current theory emphasizing the richness of sources of analogy or interpretation available today. Archaeology: An Introduction will interest students and teachers at pre-university and undergraduate level as well as enthusiastic general readers of archaeology. The stimulating coverage of the history, methods, science and theory of archaeology make this a book which has a life both within and beyond the more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 188 x 242 x 22mm | 762.05g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 8 black & white tables
  • 0415233550
  • 9780415233552
  • 667,846

Table of contents

List of illustrations. Acknowledgements. Preface Part I: The Idea of the Past 1. The Intellectual History of Archaeology 2. The Emergence of Archaeological Methods 3. The Recognition and Study of Artefacts 4. Human Origins 5. From Hunting to Farming 6. The Discovery of Civilisations 7. Achievements of Early Archaeology 8. Guide to Further Reading Part II: Discovery and Investigation 1. Sites or Landscapes? 2. Field Archaeology 3. Remote Sensing 4. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) 5. Landscape Archaeology 6. Conclusions 7. Guide to Further Reading Part III: Excavation 1. The Development of Excavation Techniques 2. The Interpretation of Stratification 3. Planning an Excavation 4. Excavation Strategy 5. Records, Archives and Publication 6. Guide to Further Reading Part IV: Dating the Past 1. Background 2. Typology and Cross-Dating 3. Historical Dating 4. Scientific Dating Techniques 5. Absolute Techniques 6. Derivative Techniques 7. The Authenticity of Artefacts 8. Conclusions 9. Guide to Further Reading Part V: Archaeological Science 1. The Nature of Science 2. The Environment 3. Climate 4. The Geosphere 5. The Biosphere 6. Artefacts and Raw Materials 7. Conservation 8. Statistics 9. Experimental Archaeology 10. Conclusions 11. Guide to Further Reading Part VI: Making Sense of the Past 1. Where is Archaeology at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century? 2. Archaeological Theory 3. Towards Processual Archaeology 4. Towards Postprocessual Archaeology 5. Interpretive Archaeology 6. Archaeology and the Public 7. Conclusion 8. Guishow more

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