Maps for Time Travelers: How Archaeologists Use Technology to Bring Us Closer to the Past

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Univ of California Press, 2020 - Social Science - 280 pages
Popular culture is rife with movies, books, and television shows that address our collective curiosity about what the world was like long ago. From historical dramas to science fiction tales of time travel, audiences love stories that reimagine the world before our time. But what if there were a field that, through the advancements in technology, could bring us closer to the past than ever before?

Written by a preeminent expert in geospatial archaeology, Maps for Time Travelers is a guide to how technology is revolutionizing the way archaeologists study and reconstruct humanity's distant past. From satellite imagery to 3D modeling, today archaeologists are answering questions about human history that could previously only be imagined. As archaeologists create a better and more complete picture of the past, they sometimes find that truth is stranger than fiction.
 

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Contents

Historical Curiosity
3
Finding Things Out
17
Conclusion
34
Views from Above
45
Scans of the Planet
68
Digital Worlds
89
Migration Mobility and Travel
117
How Our Ancestors Fed Themselves
149
Reverse Engineering Ancient
169
Archaeology as Time Machine
191
Glossary
205
References
229
Index
251
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Mark D. McCoy is an expert in geospatial archaeology and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of over forty scientific journal articles on the archaeology of the Pacific Islands.

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