Archaeology: The Science Of The Human Past

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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Key Benefits: Covers archaeological history, theory, and method comprehensively at a reasonable level of detail and in language accessible to Introductory Archaeology students. Key Topics: The history, theory and method of archaeological discovery. Market: Introductory students of archeology.

Table of Contents

What is Archaeology?
The Science of Archaeology
What Is Archaeology? Branches of Archaeology
Key Concepts in Archaeology
Archaeology as Science
The Importance of Archaeology
Backgrounds of Archaeology
The Antiquarians
The Discovery of a Prehistory
The Classical Civilizations
The Emergence of Professional Archaeology
Developing the Outline of World Prehistory
Political Influences in the History of Archaeology
The Development of Contemporary Archaeology
Archaeology After World War II
Processualism and Scientific Archaeology
Cultural Materialism and Human Ecology
Postprocessualism and Archaeology as Narrative
Archaeological Frontiers
Careers in Archaeology
Obtaining Information About the Past
The Archaeological Record
Archaeological Sites
Archaeological Evidence
Site Formation and Transformation
Recognizing and Recovering Evidence
Ongoing Impacts on the Archaeological Record
Conducting Fieldwork
Finding Sites
Types and Uses of Remote Sensing
Excavating Sites
The Practical Aspects of Fieldwork
Ethics in Archaeological Fieldwork
Classification and Analysis of Artifacts
Laboratory Processing
Determining Time
What Is So Important About Time? Older or Younger?
Relative Dating
Real Time?
Absolute Dating
Bioarchaeology: Human Remains
Preserved Bodies
Skeletal Remains
Analytical Approaches
Interpreting the Past
Environment and Adaptation
The Environment
Environmental Archaeology
Human Adaptation to the Environment
The Agricultural Revolution
Understanding Past Settlement and Subsistence
Where Did People Live? Past Settlement Systems
How Did People Make a Living? Subsistence
Interpretation of Settlement and Subsistence Evidence
Understanding Past Social and Cultural Systems
Interpreting Political Structure and Social Organization
Interpreting Social Stratification
Interpreting Religious Beliefs and Values
Interpreting Cultural Symbols
The Archaeology of Ethnicity
Cognitive Archaeology
Understanding Culture Change
Archaeology of Change
Interpreting Evidence of Change
Migration and Diasporas
Culture Contact and Cultural Conflict
A Final Comment on Interpretation
Applied Archaeology
Public Archaeology
Archaeology and Progress
Rediscovering and Preserving Cultural Heritages
Archaeology and Ethics
Archaeology in the Real World
Archaeology and Politics
Applying Archaeology to Contemporary Problems
Archaeology, Mass Media, and Ecotourism
Archaeology and the Internet
Name and Subject Index
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