Images of the Past

Images of the Past

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This well illustrated, site-by-site survey of prehistory captures the popular interest, excitement, and visual splendor of archaeology as it provides insight into current research, innovative interpretations, and important theoretical themes in the field.
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  • Paperback | 564 pages
  • 213.4 x 269.2 x 30.5mm | 1,202.03g
  • Mayfield Publishing Co ,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • illustrations, maps
  • 0767416988
  • 9780767416986

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Principles of Archaeology Introduction Fundamentals of Archaeology The Discovery of Archaeological Sites / Archaeological Excavation / Analysis of Archaeological Materials / Sites and Settlements / Interpretation of Archaeological Information Summary: The Relevance of Archaeology Chapter 2. The First Humans Introduction: The Dawn of Humanity Hadar The Family Tree Laetoli Dating Methods Swartkrans Hunters or Scavengers? Olduvai The Leakey Family Koobi Fora The First Tools Summary: Bones, Stones, and Human Behavior in the Plio/Pleistocene Chapter 3. Out of Africa: Homo erectus Introduction: From Hominid to Human The Paleolithic Period Trinil Climate and Environment in the Pleistocene Zhoukoudian The First Europeans Terra Amata Pleistocene Mammals Kalambo Falls and Olorgesailie The Acheulean Handaxe Summary: The End of the Lower Paleolithic Chapter 4. The Hunters Introduction: The Rise of Homo sapiens The Origins of Language The Klasies River Mouth Caves Modern and Ancient DNA The Valley of the Neanderthals Shanidar Cave Palynology / The Fate of the Neanderthals / The Upper Paleolithic Dolni Vestonice The Cave of Lascaux Portable Art Pincevent Symbols and Notation Lake Mungo, Australia Radiocarbon Dating Beringia Monte Verde Lindenmeier Pleistocene Extinction Summary: The End of the Paleolithic Chapter 5. Postglacial Foragers Introduction: The World After 8000 B.C. Mount Sandel The Postglacial Environment of Europe Vedbaek Bone Chemistry and Prehistoric Subsistence Elands Bay Cave Nittano Carrier Mills The Human Skeleton Gatecliff Shelter Summary: Contemporary Hunter-Gatherers Chapter 6. The Origins of Agriculture Introduction: The First Farmers 'Ain Mallaha Wheat, Barley, Pigs, Goats, and Sheep Abu Hureyra Paleoethnobotany Jericho Archaeozoology A atalhoyuk Mehrgarh Pottery Ban-po-ts'un Rice Spirit Cave Early Metallurgy in Thailand Guila Naquitz Cave Zea mays Tehuacan Guitarrero Cave Agriculture in Native North America / Breast-Feeding and Birth Spacing Summary: The Spread of Agriculture Chapter 7. Native North Americans Introduction: The Diversity of Native American Life Poverty Point Hopewell The Archaeology of Exchange Cahokia Monumental Architecture Moundville Grave Goods The Draper Site Snaketown Studying Community Plan at Snaketown Chaco Canyon Ozette Chiefs Summary: The Clash of Worlds Chapter 8. Ancient Mesoamerica Introduction: Early State Development in Mesoamerica San Jose Mogote Nonresidential Architecture San Lorenzo The Olmec Horizon El Mirador Carved Stone Monte Alban Settlement Pattern Surveys Teotihuacan The Mesoamerican Ballgame Tikal Raised and Drained Fields / Tikal's Monument Record Palenque Writing and Calendars Tula Chichen Itza Tenochtitlan Aztec Markets / Human Sacrifice and Cannibalism Summary: The End of Prehispanic Civilizations in Mexico Chapter 9. South America: The Inca and Their Predecessors Introduction: Prehispanic South America El Paraiso The Maritime Hypothesis Chavin de Huantar The Textiles of Paracas Moche The Nazca Lines Sipan Tiwanaku Chan Chan Cuzco and Machu Picchu Inca Highways Huanuco Pampa Summary: The Organization of State Society Chapter 10. Old World States and Empires Introduction: The Old World After the Transition to Agriculture Eridu Temples Uruk Early Writing Systems Harappa and Mohenjo-daro Economic Specialization Hierakonpolis The Cemetery at Hierakonpolis Giza and Dynastic Egypt Pyramids An-yang The Roots of Chinese Cuisine Xianyang Jenne-jeno Great Zimbabwe Summary: Theories of State Development Chapter 11. Prehistoric Europe Introduction: From the First Farmers to the Roman Empire Franchthi Cave Varna The Iceman Charavines The Megaliths of Western Europe Stonehenge The Aegean Bronze Age Knossos Mycenae The Bronze Age North of the Alps Borum EshA j Vix The Bog People Maiden Castle Summary: Lessons from Prehistoric Europe In Conclusion The Past as Present and Future Appendix: Common Measurement Conversions and Equivalents Glossary References Credits Index
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