World Prehistory and Archaeology : Pathways Through Time

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  • Copyright: 2011-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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World Prehistory and Archaeology: Pathways throughTime integrates world prehistory with a discussion of archaeological methods and techniques-emphasizing the relevance ofhowwe know what we know about our human prehistory,providing the tools to allow for a lifelong engagement with archaeology and drawing students into the process of archaeological research and discovery. Chazan brings students right up to the cutting edge of archaeological research by presenting the most recent discoveries and theoretical perspectives. Howwe know the past is inseparable fromwhatwe know of the past. This new text allows students to see that archaeology is a dynamic field in which knowledge is continuously refined through scientific inquiry while providing a sense of the relevance of archaeology in the contemporary world. As the cornerstone of this book is to present an integrated picture of prehistory as an active process of discovery, we cannot relegate methodological issues to the opening chapters alone. While the introduction to archaeological method in the first two chapters is necessary, the questions ofhowwe know the past cannot be abandoned at that point. A number of features have been developed to draw together an integrated presentation of prehistory throughout the entire text.

Table of Contents

Key Terms, Review Questions, and For Further Reading section.)
The Past is a Foreign Country: Getting from Here to There
Getting Started in Archaeology
Reading The Landscape
Survey DesignGeological Factors
Recovery Methods and GIS
Horizontal Excavation
Vertical Excavation
Geological Stratigraphy
Archaeological Sites Form
Archaeological Stratigraphy
Controlling Horizontal and Vertical Space
Recovery MethodsRecording Methods
Artifacts and Ecofacts
Biases in Preservation
Quantification and Sampling
Counting BonesCounting Artifacts
Creating a Chronology
Conservation and Display
Toolbox: Radiocarbon Dating
Toolbox: Ethnoarchaeology
Discovering the Past: Field School
A First Experience in Archaeology
Putting the Picture Together
Origins of Archaeology
The Emergence of Archaeology
Organizing TimeThe Establishment of Human Antiquity
Imperial Archaeology
Developing Method and Theory
Stratigraphic Method and Culture History
Gordon Childe
Archaeology As Science
Developing Scientific Methods
The New ArchaeologySystems Theory
Alternative Perspectives
Postprocessual Archaeology
Gender and Agency
Evolutionary Archaeology
Archaeology At The Trowel's Edge
Toolbox: Thomas Jefferson: The Archaeologist
Archaeology in the World: Religion and Evolution
Discovering the Past: The Socialization Of Ancient Maya Children: Discovery at the Dancer Group Household In Northwestern Belize, Central America
Discovering the Past: Different Views of a Site
Human Evolution
Early Hominins
The Fossil Record
The Early Hominin Radiation
Homo habilis
Homo erectus
Setting the Scene
The East African Rift Valley
Olduvai Gorge
Lower Paleolithic
The OldowanThe Acheulian
The Origin of Tool Use
Tool Use by Animals
The Archaeological Evidence
Hunting and Sharing Food
Were They Hunters?
Living Floors and Base Camps
The Stone Circle at DK1
Assessing the Archaeological Evidence
The Use of Fire
The Expansion of the Hominin World
Ubeidiya and Dmanisi
East Asia
JavaNihewan Basin
Summing Up the Evidence
Toolbox: Paleomagnetic Dating
Toolbox: Argon Dating
Toolbox: Stone Tools
Archaeology in the World
From Homo erectus to Neanderthals
Defining The Ice Age
Before The Neanderthals
The Initial Occupation of Western Europe
The Acheulian Paradox
Beyond Stone Tools
Chronology and Ecology
Stone Tools
Frantois Bordes and Neanderthal Ethnicity
The Binford-Bordes Debate
Dissenting Voices
The Frison Effect
The Chane OpFratoire
Summing Up the Stones
Stable Isotope Analysis
Site Organization and the Use of Fire
Treatment of the DeadArtwork
Neanderthal Society<
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