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Archaeology: The Science of the Human Past

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Archaeology

The Science of the Human Past

Third Edition

 

Mark Q. Sutton

California State University, Bakersfield

Robert M. Yohe

California State University, Bakersfield

 

 

The third edition of this acclaimed introductory archaeology text conveys the excitement of archaeological discovery and explains how archaeologists think.

 

Highlights of This Text

  • Covers archaeological history, theory, and method comprehensively, yet with a reasonable level of detail and in language accessible to students.
  • Presents a balanced treatment of archaeological theory, its various approaches, and the interpretation of gender, ethnicity, and individuality in the archaeological record.
  • Begins each chapter with a compelling story of a real archaeological adventure that expresses the chapter’s main theme and then concludes with a related activity that invites critical analysis or application.
  • Designed for flexible use, the text is brief enough to accompany prehistory or physical anthropology texts, yet sufficiently comprehensive to stand alone.

New to This Edition

  • New and updated material integrated throughout!
  • New and expanded discussions relating to various aspects of archaeological theory, including sections on postprocessualism, gender, archaeology of power, cognitive archaeology, evolutionary archaeology, and more!
  • New Highlight feature demystifies the building of the three great pyramids!

 

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The Third Edition of this recent entry into the introductory archaeology market conveys the excitement of archaeological discovery and explains how archaeologists think as they scientifically find, analyze, and interpret evidence.

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with "Chapter Summary," "Key Concepts" and "Suggested Readings."

PART I. WHAT IS ARCHAEOLOGY?

1. The Science of Archaeology.

 

What Is Archaeology?

Branches of Archaeology.

Key Concepts in Archaeology.

Archaeology as Science.

The Importance of Archaeology.

 

2. Backgrounds of Archaeology.

 

The Antiquarians.

The Discovery of a Prehistory.

The Classical Civilizations.

The Emergence of Professional Archaeology.

Developing the Outline of World Prehistory.

Political Influences in the History of Archaeology.

 

3. The Development of Contemporary Archaeology.

 

Archaeology after World War II.

The Rise of Scientific Archaeology.

Expanding Theoretical Horizon

Archaeological Frontiers.

Careers in Archaeology.

PART II. OBTAINING INFORMATION ABOUT THE PAST.

4. The Archaeological Record.

 

Archaeological Sites.

Archaeological Evidence.

Site Formation and Transformation.

Preservation.

Recognizing and Recovering Evidence.

Ongoing Impacts on the Archaeological Record.

 

5. Conducting Fieldwork.

 

Finding Sites.

Conducting Archaeological Surveys

Excavating Sites.

Practical Aspects of Fieldwork.

Ethics in Archaeological Fieldwork.

 

6. Classification and Analysis of Artifacts.

 

Classification and Typology.

Classifying Types of Artifacts.

Analyzing Artifacts.

 

7. Determining Time.

 

What Is So Important About Time?

Older or Younger? Relative Dating in Archaeology.

Real Time: Chronometric Dating.

 

8. Bioarchaeology: Human Remains.

 

The Study of Human Remains: Getting to Know Past Peoples.

Preserved Bodies.

Skeletal Remains.

Analytical Approaches in Bioarchaeology.

PART III. INTERPRETING THE PAST.

9. Environment and Adaptation.

 

The Environment.

Environmental Archaeology.

Human Biological Adaptation.

Human Cultural Adaptation.

Domestication and the Agricultural Revolution.

 

10. Understanding Past Settlement and Subsistence.

 

How Did People Make a Living? Subsistence.

Where Did People Live? Past Settlement Systems.

The Interplay between Subsistence and Settlement.

 

11. Interpreting Past Cultural Systems.

 

How Can Archaeology Answer Anthropological Questions?

Interpreting Past Social Structures.

Interpreting Past Political Organization.

Interpreting Past Belief Systems.

Remembering the Individual.

 

12. Understanding Culture Change.

 

The Archaeology of Change.

Interpreting Evidence of Change.

Cultural Contact and Conflict.

PART IV. APPLIED ARCHAEOLOGY.

13. Public Archaeology.

The Impact of Population Growth and Development on Archaeology.

The Field of Cultural Resource Management.

The Role of Public Education in Archaeological Preservation.

Cultural Resource Management among Traditional Peoples.

Archaeology and Ethics.

 

14. Archaeology in the Real World.

 

Archaeology Today.

Archaeology and Politics.

Who Owns the Past?

Learning from the Past: Applying Archaeology to Contemporary Problems.

Archaeology and Computer Technology.

Archaeology, Mass Media, and Public Perception.

So What? The Significance of Archaeology.

 

Glossary.

References.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780205572373
Author:
Sutton, Mark Q
Publisher:
Pearson
Author:
Sutton, Mark Q.
Author:
Yohe, Robert M., II
Author:
Yohe, Robert M.
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Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Archaeology -- Methodology.
Subject:
Education-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 7.4 x 1.1 in 640 gr

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