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Archaeology: A Brief Introduction, 10th edition i
s an introduction to the fundamental principles of method and theory in archaeology whil exposing students to archaeology as a career.The text begins by covering the goals of archaeology, going on to consider the basic concepts of culture, time, and space, and discussing the finding and excavation of archaeological sites. The author provides a distinct emphasis on the ethics behind archaeology and how we should act as stewards of the finite records of the human past. Archaeology 10/e
is a book with an truly international perspective, not simply focusing on North America or Europe.
This brief book is ideal for the introductory archaeology classroom, as it is designed for complete beginners, keeping technical jargon to a minimum without sacraficing scholarship.
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About the Author
Brian Fagan is a leading archaeological writer and internationally recognized authority on world prehistory. He studied archaeology and anthropology at Pembroke College and Cambridge University. He then spent seven years in sub-Saharan Africa working in museums, monument conservation, and excavating early farming sites in Zambia and East Africa. He was a pioneer of multidisciplinary African history in the 1960s. From 1967 to 2003, he was professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he specialized in lecturing and writing about archaeology to wide audiences. He is now Emeritus Professor of Anthropology.
Brian Fagan has written six best-selling textbooks (all published by Prentice Hall): Ancient Lives: An Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory; In the Beginning, Archaeology: A Brief Introduction; World Prehistory; Ancient Civilizations (with Chris Scarre); and this volume—which are used around the world. His general books include The Rape of the Nile, a classic history of Egyptology; The Adventure of Archaeology Time Detectives; Ancient North America; The Little Ice Age; Before California: An Archaeologist Looks at Our Earliest Inhabitants; and The Long Summer. He was also General Editor of the Oxford Companion to Archaeology. In addition, he has published several scholarly monographs on African archaeology and numerous specialized articles in national and international journals. An expert on multimedia teaching, he has received the Society for American Archaeology's first Public Education Award for his indefatigable efforts on behalf of archaeology and education.
Brian Fagan's other interests include bicycling, sailing, kayaking, and good food. He is married and lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and daughter, four cats (who supervise his writing), and last but not least, a minimum of four rabbits.
Table of Contents
1. Fossils, Cities, and Civilizations: The Birth of a Science
2. Introducing Archaeology and Prehistory
3. Culture and Context
4. Explaining the Past
5. Space and Time
6. They sought it here, they sought it there: finding archaeological sites
8. Archaeological Classification and Ancient Technologies
9. The Present and the Past
10. Ancient Climate and Environment
11. Come Tell Me How You Live
12. Settlement and Landscape
13. The Archaeology of People
14. Managing the Past
15. So You Want to Become an Archaeologist . . .