Archaeology: A Brief Introduction

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Routledge, 2016 - Social Science - 384 pages
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Method and Theory in Archaeology

Archaeology: A Brief Introduction is an introduction to the fundamental principles of method and theory in archaeology, exposing students to archaeology as a career. The text begins by covering the goals of archaeology, and then moves on to consider the basic concepts of culture, time, and space, by discussing the finding and excavation of archaeological sites. By providing a distinct emphasis on the ethics behind archaeology, and how we should act as stewards of the finite records of the human past, Archaeology: A Brief Introduction continues to be a book with a truly international perspective, not simply focusing on North America or Europe.

Teaching and Learning Experience 
Improve Critical Thinking - Archaeology: A Brief Introduction's "Archaeology and You" chapter provides students with career advice in an era when archaeology is transitioning from predominantly academic to professional.
Engage Students - Each chapter within Archaeology: A Brief Introduction highlights important finds that have shaped our archaeological perspective, and a global perspective that shows students that archaeology is the most global of all sciences, encompassing all of humanity.

 

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Contents

The Birth of a Science
1
Chapter 2 Introducing Archaeology and Prehistory
26
Chapter 3 Culture and Context
50
Chapter 4 Explaining the Past
69
Chapter 5 Space and Time
91
The Process of Research and Finding Archaeological Sites
115
Chapter 7 Excavation
139
Chapter 8 Archaeological Classification and Ancient Technologies
165
Chapter 12 Settlement and Landscape
247
Chapter 13 The Archaeology of People
270
Chapter 14 Managing the Past
298
Chapter 15 So You Want to Become an Archaeologist?
316
Sites and Cultures Mentioned in the Text
326
Glossary of Technical Terms
330
Guide to Further Reading
336
References
342

Chapter 9 The Present and the Past
190
Chapter 10 Ancient Climate and Environment
210
Chapter 11 Come Tell Me How You Lived
229
Photo Credits
343
Index
345
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