The Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology

The Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology

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This is the fullest and most authoritative single-volume account of archaeology from the earliest discoveries to the great excavations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Lavishly illustrated throughout and global in scope, it tells the story of those explorations which have helped shape our knowledge of the past. From early digging in Greece and the Near East, through the part played by archaeology in the 'discovery' of the Americas, to the unearthing of sites in Africa, Scandinavia, the former Soviet Union, and Australasia, the book describes individual events as part of a connected narrative amounting to a thorough history of the subject for general readers. It is the first general history of archaeology written by a team of specialists and the first history to cover every part of the world. The book is complete with time-period charts, lists of archaeological events, and a full more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 206.2 x 253 x 27.4mm | 1,356.25g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 131 b/w illus. 102 colour illus.
  • 0521669464
  • 9780521669467

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This book is a world-wide survey of archaeology. Beginning in Egypt and the Near East, archaeology spread worldwide to encompass the origins of east Asiatic, African and American-Indian societies. The whole impressive record, everything from Troy, Machu Picchu and the Valley of the Kings to Stonehenge, Teotihuacan and Great Zimbabwe, is covered here, along with the acknowledgement of the achievements of the great archaeologists of the past: Schliemann, Bingham, Carter and Carnarvon, the Leakeys and many more. Copiously illustrated and accompanied by many maps and time-period charts. (Kirkus UK)show more

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'... a truly international history of archaeology ... The Illustrated History is refreshing in that it presents an international view of archaeological discovery and sometimes of changing ideas about the past.' Brian Fagan, American Antiquity '... a global approach ...'. Estelle Lazer, University of Sydney, The Weekend Reviewshow more

Table of contents

Foreword Lord Renfrew; Preface; Introduction; 1. The archaeology of archaeology; 2. Old worlds and new, 1500-1760; 3. Antiquarians and explorers, 1760-1820; 4. Science and Romanticism, 1820-1860; 5. The search for human origins, 1860-1920; 6. Archaeology comes of age, 1920-1960; 7. New techniques and competing philosophies, 1960-1990; 8. Current controversies and future trends; Bibliography; Table of archaeological periods worldwide; Chronology; Index; more