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Archaeological Research: A Brief Introductionby Peter N Peregrine
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This concise yet thorough book introduces readers to the basic methods of data collection, analysis, and interpretation of archaeological research. Focusing on the process itself, it explores why archaeologists choose and use particular methods over others, along with the varying circumstances of their research. It also provides a brief overview of archaeological literature, and legal and ethical issues in the field. Topics include the archaeological process and record, sampling and research design, survey and excavation methods and strategies, recordkeeping, dating archaeological materials, presenting results, and research opportunities. For armchair archaeologists who recognize that a better understanding of the past will yield a better understanding of ourselves, our biases, and social world today.
About the Author
PETER N. PEREGRINE is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Dr. Peregrine received his Ph.D. in 1990 from Purdue University, where he did research on the late prehistoric Mississippian culture of the Midwestern United States. Dr. Peregrine has dedicated his career to teaching undergraduates and regularly teaches courses on archaeology, research methods, and human evolution. He has also conducted archaeological fieldwork in the United States and Syria trying to understand how and why complex societies evolve and collapse. He is the author of more than 30 articles and book chapters and has authored or edited six books, including Mississippian Evolution: A World-System Perspective (1992) and Archaeology of the Mississippian Culture (1996).
Table of Contents
1. The Archaeological Research Process.
2. The Archaeological Record.
3. Measurement and Sampling.
4. Survey Methods and Strategies.
5. Excavation Methods and Strategies.
7. The Analysis of Spatial Patterns.
8. Ceramic Analysis.
9. Lithic Analysis.
10. Floral and Faunal Analysis.
11. Dating Archaeological Materials.
12. Presenting Results.
13. Legal and Ethical Issues.
14. Research Opportunities.
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