The Great Archaeologists
Organized into six thematic sections, The Great Archaeologists gives short, vivid biographies and fresh assessments of the achievements of 70 of the world's greatest practitioners, written by a 40-strong team of contributors, themselves all eminent archaeologists and authors. All these archaeologists - very different individuals, and often in deep disagreement with one another - have established the subject as a scientific discipline and vastly broadened and deepened our knowledge of the human past. Authoritative and entertaining, this is a book for anyone fascinated by the human past and its discovery.
- Hardback | 304 pages
- 186 x 246 x 33.78mm | 1,170g
- 16 Sep 2014
- Thames & Hudson Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 13 Illustrations, black and white; 188 Illustrations, color
Table of contents
The Antiquity of Humankid * Discoverers of Ancient Civilizations * The Art of Excavation * Decipherers of Ancient Scripts * Discovering World Prehistory * Thinking about the Past * Maps * Contributors * Further Reading * Sources of Illustrations * Index
'Whether you are interested in the desert romance of Ur of the Chaldees or the recreation of Viking ships in Roskilde, this gloriously illustrated book is one to savour' - Minerva 'A compelling range of brilliance, imagination and eccentricity, conveying not just a sense of what being an archaeologist involves, but of how much archaeology has achieved as a contribution to human understanding. As well as in the design and image selection that make this book a pleasure to hold, it strength lies in its writers' - British Archaeology
About Brian Fagan
Brian Fagan is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Among his books are Discovery!, Ancient North America, The Complete Ice Age and The Great Archaeologists, all published by Thames & Hudson.