The Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology

The Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology

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Baker & Taylor
Featuring more than one hundred color illustrations, an authoritative chronicle traces the development of archaeology up to the sophisticated explorations of the present day and surveys each major discovery and excavation. History & Natural Science Main. UP.

Book News
An account of the history of archaeology for general readers, examining the field's hoaxes and wrong-turns as well as spectacular discoveries and the progress of ideas. Discusses prominent sites and archaeologists, current controversies such as conflicts between aboriginal peoples and archaeologists, and future trends. Contains color and b&w photos and illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Cambridge Univ Pr
Lavishly illustrated, this is the fullest and most authoritative single-volume history of archaeology available.
We humans have always possessed a deep curiosity about our origins and past. Indeed, as far back as 600 B.C. a Babylonian king excavated a temple floor laid 3,200 years before his time. Archaeology, to paraphrase Colin Renfrew, is a history of self-discovery, and for that reason it holds attraction for all peoples and all cultures. The Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology exploits our fascination with our past. It tells the story of those explorations that have helped shape our knowledge of history--from early digging in Greece and the Near East through the unearthing of sites in Europe to the archaeological finds of the Americas, Africa, and Australasia. It chronicles the development of archaeology from the crude fumblings of early antiquaries to the sophisticated digs of the present day. The team of experts under the guidance of Paul Bahn attempts to strike a balance between spectacular discoveries, such as the tomb of Tutankhamen, and the equally important progress of ideas. At the same time, they describe the often colorful roles of leading characters and set them against the social background of their times. It is hoped that many present and future general readers and amateur archaeologists will uncover much of interest in this book. Paul Bahn is the author of many books about archaeology, including The Bluffer's Guide to Archaeology (1989) and Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (with Colin Renfrew, 1991).

Blackwell North Amer
The Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology offers a complete account of the history of the subject in a language accessible to the non-specialist. By way of extensive illustration and examples of particular events and discoveries, it shows how our notion of the past has evolved over time. Archaeology is a subject in which the relationship between 'fact' and 'speculation' has always been a problematic one, and the book pays special attention to this, examining some of the hoaxes and forgeries and wrong-turns as well as the scientifically indisputable steps forward. There are special features on prominent sites and archaeologists; and the book is uniquely strong in its account of the subject today, offering informed reflections on its current status and on its future.

& Taylor

Traces the development of archaeology up to the sophisticated explorations of the present day and surveys each major discovery and excavation

Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996
ISBN: 9780521454988
Characteristics: xiii, 386 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Bahn, Paul G.


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