The Story of Archaeology

The Story of Archaeology : 50 Discoveries That Shaped Our View Of The Ancient World

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The Story of Archaeology tells the thrilling and fascinating tale of modern archaeology from its earliest beginnings to the present through 50 chronologically arranged profiles of iconic excavations - from the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Death Pit of Ur, from Machu Picchu to the Mary Rose, and from Hoxne to Hallstatt. Some of these are discoveries of the swashbuckling type - lost tombs filled with precious artefacts - but others consist of bricks and pieces of flint and pottery which have, in the story they tell, proved to be yet rarer and more valuable. Broken pots and test-tubes of ancient pollen can, after all, be just as much 'treasure' as the mask of Tutankhamun, for they all tell a part of the story that helps us to understand who we are and how we got here. Each site profile is accompanied by boxed features shedding light on the archaeological techniques used then and now, describing the cultures that have been discovered and telling the personal stories of the people who discovered them. Helpful locator maps and informative timelines are included for every site.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 216 x 276 x 30mm | 1,542g
  • Quercus Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 150 colour photos
  • 1847241832
  • 9781847241832
  • 920,911

About Justin Pollard

Justin Pollard is a Cambridge University Archaeology graduate, who has television experience that includes Time Team and QI. Justin is the author of Seven Ages of Britain.
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Table of contents

Introduction Gigantic Works: Antonio da Magdalena at Angkor Wat, 1586-9 "The City Disinterred": The Discovery of Herculaneum and Pompeii, 1594-1763 The Navel of the World: The Mystery of Easter Island, 1722 Olympia Reborn: Locating the Site of the Ancient Olympics, 1766 "A Very Remote Period Indeed": John Frere and the Antiquity of Man, 1797 "A Rose-Red City Half as Old as Time": Burckhardt at Petra, 1812 In the Land of Ozymandias: Belzoni in Egypt, 1817 The Key to Egypt: The Secret of the Rosetta Stone, 1824 "Careless of Comfort": Layard Excavates Nineveh and and Nimrud, 1839 "Shattered Barques": The Hidden Cities of the Maya, 1839 White Gold: The Salt Mines of Hallstatt, 1846 In Strabo's Footsteps: The Search for the Serapeum, 1850 The Stones Beneath the Sand: The Ancient Village of Skara Brae, 1850 The Lost World of Altamira: The Discovery of Cave Art, 1868 "Men of Flesh": Schliemann Excavates Troy, 1870 Searching for the Lost Temple of Solomon: Great Zimbabwe, 1871 The Cowboy Archaeologist: Richard Wetherill in the Midwest, 1884 Horizon of the Sun: The Forgotten City of the Sun Pharoah, 1887 The Search for the Missing Link: Eugene Dubois Meets Java Man, 1890 "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World": Unearthing the Lady of Elx, 1897 The Realm of the Minotaur: Arthur Evans at Knossos, 1899 A Clockwork Universe: The Recovery of the Antikythera Mechanism, 1900 From the Bowels of the Earth: Malta's Hidden Prehistory, 1902 The Witchery of the Jungle: Machu Picchu, Outpost of the Incas, 1911 In the Land of Abraham: The Great Death Pit of Ur, 1922 A Sealed Doorway: Howard Carter in the Tomb of Tutankhamun, 1922 The Mound of the Dead: Discovery of the Indus Valley Civilization, 1924 The Medieval Time Machine: Beneath the Streets of Novgorod, 1929 War and Peace: Restoring the Ara Pacis, 1938 Light on a Dark Age: The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial, 1939 The Riddle of the Sands: Decoding the Nazca Lines, 1946 The Wolf in the Cave: The Dead Sea Scrolls, 1947 Ship of a Million Years: Kamal el-Mallakh and Khufu's Boat, 1950 The First Town: The Strange World of Catalhoyuk, 1958 The Dunghill of the Universe: The Sunken City of Port Royal, 1966 The Flower of All Ships: Finding the Mary Rose, 1967 The People of Lake Mungo: The First Australians, 1968 Letters from the Wall: The Vindolanda Tablets, 1973 A Girl Called Lucy: The Origin of the Species? 1974 Guardians of Eternity: The Terracotta Army, 1974 Blood Rites: Uncovering the Aztec Templo Mayor, 1978 Water World: The Bronze Age Rituals of Flag Fen, 1982 The Bodies in the Bog: The Burials of Lindow Moss, 1983 A Soldier's Tale: The Archaeology of Custer's Last Stand, 1984 Missing in Action: Finding the Site of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, 1989 The Lost Squadron: The Ice-bound Aircraft of Greenland, 1990 The Ice Man Cometh: An Alpine Traveller from the Copper Age, 1993 Song of the Ice Maiden: The Frozen Tombs of the Altay Mountains, 1993 American Pioneers: Kennewick Man, 1996 New Arrivals: The Grave of the Amesbury Archer, 2002 Glossary Index Acknowledgements
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