Images of the Past

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McGraw-Hill Education, Nov 2, 2009 - Social Science - 640 pages
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This well illustrated, full-color, site-by-site survey of prehistory captures the popular interest, excitement, and visual splendor of archaeology as it provides insight into the research, interpretations, and theoretical themes in the field. The new edition maintains the authors' innovative solutions to two central problems of the course: first, the text continues to focus on about 80 sites, giving students less encyclopedic detail but essential coverage of the discoveries that have produced the major insights into prehistory; second, it continues to be organized into essays on sites and concepts, allowing professors complete flexibility in organizing their courses.

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While this book has good information and is at a good level for students with little knowledge of archaeology, the organization makes this book somewhat difficult to use. This book would be much better with a list at the beginning showing where to find key concepts and vocabulary. It is hard to find specific information when going back through to search, even within a single chapter. The book buries useful information among several sentences of information with little relevance. While I really enjoy that the book relates the information provided to actual archaeological sites, the manner in which it is done is clunky. The book wasn't awful, but there are much better texts out there. 

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About the author (2009)

Gary M. Feinman is the curator of Mesoamerican anthropology at the Field Museum and is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, most recently Images of the Past, 5th edition, coauthored with T. Douglas Price.

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