Archaeology For Dummies

Archaeology For Dummies

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English
384 Pages

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An objective guide to this fascinating science of history and culture

Archaeology continually makes headlines--from recent discoveries like the frozen Copper-Age man in the Italian Alps to the newest dating of the first people in America at over 14,0000 years ago. Archaeology For Dummies offers a fascinating look at this intriguing field, taking readers on-site and revealing little-known details about some of the world's greatest archaeological discoveries. It explores how archaeology attempts to uncover the lives of our ancestors, examining historical dig sites around the world and explaining theories about ancient human societies. The guide also offers helpful information for readers who want to participate in an excavation themselves, as well as tips for getting the best training and where to look for jobs.

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Published 17 November 2008
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EAN13 9780470457818
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Language English

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Contents at a Glance
Introduction .............................................................................................................. 1 Part I: Archaeology: Seeing Past People Today...................................................... 7 Chapter 1: What Archaeology Is ...................................................................................... 9 Chapter 2: What Archaeology Isn’t and Why That’s Important................................. 23 Chapter 3: So You Want to Do Archaeology? What Kind?.......................................... 33 Chapter 4: How Archaeologists Think and Work......................................................... 53 Part II: Archaeological Fieldwork: The Adventure Begins! ................................. 65 Chapter 5: Supplies and Equipment You Need ............................................................ 67 Chapter 6: Archaeological Survey: Finding Where to Dig........................................... 75 Chapter 7: The Archaeological Dig................................................................................ 95 Chapter 8: Laws, Ethics, and Safety in Field Archaeology........................................ 121 Part III: After the Dig: You’ve Only Just Begun.................................................. 133 Chapter 9: Processing Excavated Materials in the Laboratory ............................... 135 Chapter 10: Studying and Analyzing What You’ve Excavated ................................. 151 Chapter 11: Reconstructing the Past: Piecing Together the Puzzles ...................... 171 Part IV: Archaeology Reconstructs the Whole Human Past............................... 193 Chapter 12: Early Humans: Original Cave Guys & Gals............................................. 195 Chapter 13: The Last 10,000 Years: Climate Change and Early Food Production ........................................................................................ 211 Chapter 14: Ancient States ........................................................................................... 235 Chapter 15: Historic Archaeology: Reinterpreting the More Recent Past.............. 259 Part V: Archaeology Is for Everyone ................................................................... 279 Chapter 16: The Uses of Archaeological Findings ..................................................... 281 Chapter 17: How You Can Explore Archaeology ....................................................... 297 Chapter 18: Controversies and Sensational Findings................................................ 307 Part VI: The Part of Tens...................................................................................... 327 Chapter 19: Ten-Plus Archaeological Places to Visit in the U.S............................... 329 Chapter 20: More Than Ten Archaeological Sites to Visit Outside the United States ............................................................................. 335 Chapter 21: Ten Fun Archaeological Experiences..................................................... 343 Appendix ............................................................................................................... 347 Index...................................................................................................................... 355