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Uncovering the Past is an absorbing history of archaeology that traces the study of ancient material culture from its beginnings as a hobby for Renaissance scholars to the sophisticated modern discipline we know today. Professor William Stiebing devotes the first part of his chronicle to the exploits of the colorful, dynamic excavators of archaeology's "Heroic Age." One may wonder whether the adventures of Indiana Jones are really far-fetched after reading Steibing's account of Giovanni Belzoni's removal of the seven-ton colossus of Ramesses II, which was dragged by wooden platform and transported by boat from Egypt to London; or of clergyman John Peters' skirmish with Arab tribesmen, who surrounded his excavation site and finally pillaged and burned his camp; or of Heinrich Schliemann's quest to prove the authenticity of Homer's Iliad by searching for ancient Troy in Turkey.

The second part of the book shifts the focus to modern archaeology, describing how new methodologies and techniques such as area surveys, statistics, carbon-14 dating, and computer visualization are turning the former pastime of dillettnates into a rigorous science.

Uncovering the Past is an excellent introduction to archaeology, both for those who enjoy its romance and those who seek an accurate survey of its history and current status.

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Steibing (history, U. of New Orleans) combines chronological and thematic approaches in this well-written history of the discipline. Intended as a college level text, but engaging enough for the general reader.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-300) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780879757649
Author:
Stiebing, William H.
Author:
Steibing, William
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Location:
Buffalo, N.Y. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Archaeology -- History.
Subject:
Archaeology-General
Series Volume:
9467
Publication Date:
19930231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
315
Dimensions:
9.34x6.23x1.02 in. 1.51 lbs.

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