Three Stones Make a Wall: The Story of Archaeology

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Princeton University Press, Feb 14, 2017 - Social Science - 480 pages
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From the bestselling author of 1177 B.C., a comprehensive history of archaeology—from its amateur beginnings to the cutting-edge science it is today.

In 1922, Howard Carter peered into Tutankhamun's tomb for the first time, the only light coming from the candle in his outstretched hand. Urged to tell what he was seeing through the small opening he had cut in the door to the tomb, the Egyptologist famously replied, "I see wonderful things." Carter's fabulous discovery is just one of the many spellbinding stories told in Three Stones Make a Wall.

Written by Eric Cline, an archaeologist with more than thirty seasons of excavation experience, Three Stones Make a Wall traces the history of archaeology from an amateur pursuit to the cutting-edge science it is today by taking the reader on a tour of major archaeological sites and discoveries, from Pompeii to Petra, Troy to the Terracotta Warriors, and Mycenae to Megiddo and Masada. Cline brings to life the personalities behind these digs, including Heinrich Schliemann, the former businessman who excavated Troy, and Mary Leakey, whose discoveries advanced our understanding of human origins. The discovery of the peoples and civilizations of the past is presented in vivid detail, from the Hittites and Minoans to the Inca, Aztec, and Moche. Along the way, the book addresses the questions archaeologists are asked most often: How do you know where to dig? How are excavations actually done? How do you know how old something is? Who gets to keep what is found?

Taking readers from the pioneering digs of the eighteenth century to the exciting new discoveries being made today, Three Stones Make a Wall is a lively and essential introduction to the story of archaeology.

 

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Contents

Wonderful Things King Tut and His Tomb
1
PART 1 EARLY ARCHAEOLOGY AND ARCHAEOLOGISTS
11
How Do You Know Where to Dig?
80
EARLY HOMININS TO FARMERS
95
PART 3 EXCAVATING THE BRONZE AGE AEGEAN
129
PART 4 UNCOVERING THE CLASSICS
169
How Do You Know How to Dig?
204
PART 5 DISCOVERIES IN THE HOLY LAND AND BEYOND
219
PART 6 NEW WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY
289
Do You Get to Keep What You Find?
326
Back to the Future
333
Acknowledgments
341
Notes
343
Bibliography
383
Index
431
Copyright

How Old Is This and Why Is It Preserved?
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Eric H. Cline is professor of classics and anthropology and director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at George Washington University. An active archaeologist, he has excavated and surveyed in Greece, Crete, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, and the United States. His many books include 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Princeton).

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