In the Beginning

In the Beginning : An Introduction to Archaeology

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For courses in Introduction to Archaeology, Method and Theory in Archaeology.This comprehensive narrative uses an international perspective throughout while outlining the basic principles, methods, and theoretical approaches of modern archaeology. It gives students a basic grounding on the subject, the career opportunities it offers, and a look at some of the spectacular-and not so well known-discoveries that illuminate our past. Written by a master of the genre, the text emphasizes remote sensing techniques for archaeological survey, addresses the study of gender and ethnic diversity from the archaeological record, and assesses the importance of archaeology in the modern more

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  • Hardback | 584 pages
  • 175.8 x 239.8 x 27.4mm | 1,065.95g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 10th edition
  • 0130307319
  • 9780130307316

Table of contents

What Happened in Prehistory?I. BACKGROUND TO ARCHAEOLOGY. 1. Introducing Archaeology. II. A SHORT HISTORY OF ARCHAEOLOGY: SIXTH CENTURY B.C. THROUGH A.D. 2000. 2. The Beginnings of Scientific Archaeology: Sixth Century B.C. to the 1950s. 3. Science, Ecology, and the Many-Voiced Past: The 1950s to Today. III. BASIC PROCESSES AND PRINCIPLES. 4. Matrix and Preservation. 5. Doing Archaeological Research. 6. Culture, Data, and Context. 7. How Old Is It? IV. RECOVERING ARCHAEOLOGICAL DATA. 8. Finding and Assessing Archaeological Sites. 9. Archaeological Excavation. V. ANALYZING THE PAST: ARTIFACTS AND TECHNOLOGY. 10. Classifying Artifacts. 11. Technologies of the Ancients. VI. ENVIRONMENTS, LIFEWAYS, PEOPLE, AND THE INTANGIBLE. 12. Ancient Environments. 13. Subsistence and Diet. 14. Analogy, Middle-Range Theory, and the Living Past. 15. Settlement Archaeology. 16. Interactions: People of the Past. 17. Archaeology of the Intangible. VII. EXPLAINING CULTURE CHANGE IN THE PAST. 18. Theoretical Approaches: From Culture History to Postprocessualism. VIII. CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT. 19. Managing the Past and Public Archaeology. IX. CAREERS AND RESOURCES. 20. Becoming an Archaeologist. Glossary. Bibliography. Photo Credits. more

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