Archaeology : An Introduction

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This bestselling book has firmly established itself as the most accessible guide to archaeology available. It features:
* an explanation to the discovery and excavation of sites
* a helpful outline of the major dating methods
* clear explanations of scientific techniques
* new theories and current controversies
* explanatory diagrams and photos
* guidance on further reading and up-to-date bibliography.
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  • Electronic book text | 208 pages
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 3rd New edition
  • 1136930728
  • 9781136930720

Table of contents

List of illustrations. Acknowledgements. Note on References. Preface Part 1: The Idea of the Past 1. Human Origins 2. Avenues of Investigation 3. Archaeology and the Enlightenment 4. The Recognition of Human Artefacts 5. The Discovery of Civilizations 6. Achievements of Early Antiquarians Part 2: Discovery, Fieldwork and Recording 1. The Discovery of New Archaeological Sites 2. Fieldwalking and Site Recording 3. Aerial Photography 4. Geophysical Surveying 5. Archaeology and the Landscape 6. A Mediterranean Field Survey Project 7. GIS Conclusions Part 3: B3 Excavation 1. The Development of Excavation Techniques 2. An Example of the Development of Excavation Techniques: Corbridge, Northumberland 3. Excavation Procedure 4. Excavation: Special Cases 5. The Excavation of Structures Part 4: Dating the Past 1. Background 2. Historical Dating 3. Typology 4. Sequence Dating and Seriation 5. The Advent of Scientific Dating Techniques 6. Environmental Methods 7. Absolute Techniques 8. Radioactive Effects on Crystal Structure 9. Derivative Techniques 10. The Authenticity of Artefacts 11. Conclusions Part 5: Science and Archaeology 1. Is Archaeology a Science? 2. The Examination of Objects and Raw Materials 3. Conservation 4. The Environment 5. Climate 6. Rocks and Soils 7. Plant Remains 8. Animal Remains 9. Human Remains 10. Statistics 11. Experimental Archaeology 12. Conclusion Part 6: Making Sense of the Past 1. Where is Archaeology at the End of the Twentieth Century? 2. Archaeological Theory 3. Social Evolution 4. Diffusionism 5. Nationalism and R
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Kevin Greene lectures in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. His book has been inspired by teaching experience in further, higher and adult education.
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