The world encyclopedia of archaeology: the world's most significant sites and cultural treasures
The definitive reference on the art and science of archaeology.
The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology is a sweeping exploration of archaeology that spans the globe from the beginning of recorded history and earlier. Here is a comprehensive view of the past as seen through the remnants of civilizations as they emerge and expand. The book begins by defining modern and ancient archaeology and gives the history of archaeology through the centuries. The different types of archaeology are explored, along with the techniques used for each and the problems, concerns and issues archaeologists face today.
The main section of the book details each region of the world, with the authoritative text revealing the fascinating history of important archaeological sites. This global perspective includes more than 700 illustrations. The atlas section with detailed maps provides placements throughout history.
Accurate, in-depth and up to date, The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology is compelling reading. It serves as an outstanding reference for professionals, researchers, history buffs and general readers.
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The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology: The World's Most Significant Sites and Cultural TreasuresUser Review - Book Verdict
Edited by archaeologist Cremin (The Celts in Europe), this encyclopedia comprises the entire history of humankind from the earliest fossil hominids 30 million years ago to the Kingdom of Hawaii in the early 19th century. After a concise overview of the history, issues, problems, and techniques of the field, the main atlas, which covers 150 archaeological sites, is arranged semichronologically within broad geographical areas. The A-to-Z entries are clearly written for a general audience by practicing archaeologists who are specialists in the subject areas covered. Many entries have inset boxes that further explore some aspect or issue related to the main article, and an archaeological time line, a glossary of terms, and a list for further reading are also included. Lavishly illustrated in full-color throughout, the volume belies its modest price and could be mistaken for a coffee-table book were the informational aspects of the work less impressive. BOTTOM LINE As with many single-volume works, certain topics are neglected, e.g., contemporary archaeology of modern urban settings. It would have also been useful had the references been printed with each article rather than together in one "Further Reading" list. However, if we view this as an introduction to the archaeological discoveries of the last few centuries, there is little here to be faulted, particularly at this price. Recommended for high school, public, and college libraries.-Amanda Sprochi, Univ. of Missouri Lib., Columbia
Review: The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology: The World's Most Significant Sites and Cultural TreasuresUser Review - Goodreads
I skimmed through it, looking for things that interested me... it was good.