The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology
Barry W. Cunliffe, Chris Gosden, Rosemary A. Joyce
Oxford University Press, 2009 - Architecture - 1161 pages
Archaeology--the study of human society everywhere in the world, from distant human origins to the present day--is a vast subject as well as one of great popular interest. As an academic discipline, it has its own history of development, and has a distinct ethical code. The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology brings together over forty expert authors to explain what archaeology is really about. This comprehensive volume will give the reader a sense of the history of archaeology and its main theoretical debates. It also explains the means by which archaeologists find, excavate, and date archaeological material, the use of new computer-based technologies for mapping and analyzing find, and the techniques used to make sense of these artefacts. Further chapters explore specific periods and places, and in conclusion there is a discussion of some broader ethical and political issues. The Handbook is designed to open up the world of archaeology to non-specialists and to provide an essential starting point for those who want to pursue particular topics in more depth. Above all, it will convey a sense of the excitement generated by archaeological work, stemming from the fact that in order to live a full life in the present it is necessary to have a rich and full understanding of the past.
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