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When we think of archaeology, most of us think first of its many spectacular finds: the legendary city of Troy, Tutankhamun's golden tomb, the three-million-year-old footprints at Laetoli, the mile-high city at Machu Picchu, the cave paintings at Lascaux. But as marvelous as these discoveries are, the ultimate goal of archaeology, and of archaeologists, is something far more ambitious. Indeed, it is one of humanity's great quests: to recapture and understand our human past, across vast stretches of time, as it was lived in every corner of the globe. Now, in The Oxford Companion to Archaeology, readers have a comprehensive and authoritative overview of this fascinating discipline, in a book that is itself a rare find, a treasure of up-to-date information on virtually every aspect of the field.

The range of subjects covered here is breathtaking--everything from the domestication of the camel, to Egyptian hieroglyphics, to luminescence dating, to the Mayan calendar, to Koobi Fora and Olduvai Gorge. Readers will find extensive essays that illuminate the full history of archaeology--from the discovery of Herculaneum in 1783, to the recent finding of the "Ice Man" and the ancient city of Uruk--and engaging biographies of the great figures in the field, from Gertrude Bell, Paul Emile Botta, and Louis and Mary Leakey, to V. Gordon Childe, Li Chi, Heinrich Schliemann, and Max Uhle. The Companion offers extensive coverage of the methods used in archaeological research, revealing how archaeologists find sites (remote sensing, aerial photography, ground survey), how they map excavations and report findings, and how they analyze artifacts (radiocarbon dating, dendrochronology, stratigraphy, mortuary analysis). Of course, archaeology's great subject is humanity and human culture, and there are broad essays that examine human evolution--ranging from our early primate ancestors, to Australopithecus and Cro-Magnon, to Homo Erectus and Neanderthals--and explore the many general facets of culture, from art and architecture, to arms and armor, to beer and brewing, to astronomy and religion. And perhaps most important, the contributors provide insightful coverage of human culture as it has been expressed in every region of the world. Here entries range from broad overviews, to treatments of particular themes, to discussions of peoples, societies, and particular sites. Thus, anyone interested in North America would find articles that cover the continent from the Arctic to the Eastern woodlands to the Northwest Coast, that discuss the Iroquois and Algonquian cultures, the hunters of the North American plains, and the Norse in North America, and that describe sites such as Mesa Verde, Meadowcraft Rockshelter, Serpent Mound, and Poverty Point. Likewise, the coverage of Europe runs from the Paleolithic period, to the Bronze and Iron Age, to the Post-Roman era, looks at peoples such as the Celts, the Germans, the Vikings, and the Slavs, and describes sites at Altamira, Pompeii, Stonehenge, Terra Amata, and dozens of other locales. The Companion offers equally thorough coverage of Africa, Europe, North America, Mesoamerica, South America, Asia, the Mediterranean, the Near East, Australia and the Pacific. And finally, the editors have included extensive cross-referencing and thorough indexing, enabling the reader to pursue topics of interest with ease; charts and maps providing additional information; and bibliographies after most entries directing readers to the best sources for further study.

Every Oxford Companion aspires to be the definitive overview of a field of study at a particular moment of time. This superb volume is no exception. Featuring 700 articles written by hundreds of respected scholars from all over the world, The Oxford Companion to Archaeology provides authoritative, stimulating entries on everything from bog bodies, to underwater archaeology, to the Pyramids of Giza and the Valley of the Kings.

Book News Annotation:

Covers a broad range of subjects--from the domestication of the camel, to Egyptian hieroglyphics, to luminescence dating, to the Mayan calendar, to Koobi Fora and Olduvai Gorge. The 700 essays explore the history of archaeology, great figures in the field--like Gertrude Bell, Louis and Mary Leakey, V. Gordon Childe, and Li Chi; methods of archaeological research; human evolution; and the people, cultures, and sites of every region of the world.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This overview of archaeology is intended for students of archaeology and anthropology.

About the Author

Brian M. Fagan is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is internationally known for his books and articles on archaeology for general readers, among them The Rape of the Nile, The Adventure of Archaeology, and Time Detectives.

Charlotte Beck is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Hamilton College. George Michaels is a Mayan archaeologist and an Instructional Consultant at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Chris Scarre is Assistant Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge. Neil Asher Silberman is an independent scholar.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195076189
Editor:
Fagan, Brian M.
Editor:
Silberman, Neil Asher
Editor:
Fagan, Brian M.
Editor:
Silberman, Neil Asher
Editor:
Beck, Charlotte
Author:
null, Brian M.
Author:
Fagan, Brian M.
Editor:
Beck, Charlotte
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Dictionaries
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Archaeology -- Dictionaries.
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
246
Publication Date:
19961231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
29 maps, 14 charts
Pages:
864
Dimensions:
9.97x7.92x2.00 in. 3.98 lbs.

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