Encyclopedia of Archaeology

Encyclopedia of Archaeology


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Archaeology is a subject that fascinates us. From Egyptian tombs to a frozen Alpine wayfarer, from cities buried under volcanic ash to stone arrow heads turned up by the plow, archaeology is in the news and in our backyards. It is paradoxical that a subject that so easily captures the imagination is so difficult for the serious layman to access. Superficial media treatments and picture-book atlases and site guides on the one hand, jargon-heavy scholarly books and narrowly focused articles on the other-there are few ways to learn about the real world of archaeology outside the college classroom or the dig site.

The Encyclopedia of Archaeology changes this, in making all aspects of archaeology accessible to a broad audience of the general scientific community, educators, students, and avocational archaeologists. Professional archaeologists and anthropologists will also find the encyclopedia a ready source of up-to-date information on specialities outside their own expertise.

The Encyclopedia of Archaeology encompasses all aspects of archaeology, including the nature and diversity of archaeology as a scientific discipline, the practice of archaeology, archaeology in the everyday world, and the future of the discipline. Featured in the Encyclopedia of Archaeology are articles by leading authors that summarize archaeological knowledge at the beginning the 21st century, highlighting important sites and issues, and tracing the development of prehistoric cultures around the globe. No existing work provides the breadth and depth of coverage as the Encyclopedia of Archaeology.

Also available online via ScienceDirect (2007) - featuring extensive browsing, searching, and internal cross-referencing between articles in the work, plus dynamic linking to journal articles and abstract databases, making navigation flexible and easy. For more information, pricing options and availability visit www.info.sciencedirect.com.
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Product details

  • Mixed media product | 2532 pages
  • 220 x 284 x 154mm | 8,377.81g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 012548030X
  • 9780125480307

Table of contents

Subject Area Contents: Analysis of Artifacts Ceramics and Lithics Analysis of Botanical, Faunal, and Human Remains Archaeology as a Discipline Archaeology in the Everyday World Burials/Cemeteries Chronology Building Divisions of Time and History DNA and Molecular Approaches Ethics Explanation in Archaeology Future of Archaeology Geographic Overviews of Africa, Asia, Europe, the Pacific, and the Americas Goals of Archaeology Historic Roots Interpreting the Record Inter-Regional Studies Interpreting the Record Law; Major Sites and Problems Mapping Sites Methods (Practice of Archaeology) Non-Site Archaeology Scientific Archaeology Site Discovery Spatial Analysis Special Conditions The Archaeologist's Laboratory Traditions and Schools of Thought Underwater Archaeology
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About Deborah M. Pearsall

Deborah Pearsall earned a PhD in anthropology from the University of Illinois. She is an archaeologist whose interests center on the origins of agriculture in the New World tropics. Books include Paleoethnobotany: A Handbook of Procedures, Plants and People in Ancient Ecuador and Origins of Agriculture in the Neotropics (co-authored with D. Piperno).
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