In this revised and updated edition of Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction, Paul Bahn presents an engaging introduction and a superb overview of a field that embraces everything from the cave art of Lascaux to the great stone heads of Easter Island. This entertaining introduction reflects the enduring popularity of archaeology--a subject which appeals as a pastime, career, and academic discipline, encompasses the whole globe, and spans some 2.5 million years. From deserts to jungles, from deep caves to mountain tops, from pebble tools to satellite photographs, from excavation to abstract theory, archaeology interacts with nearly every other discipline in its attempts to reconstruct the past. In this new edition, Bahn brings his text completely up to date, including information about recent discoveries and interpretations in the field, and highlighting the impact of developments such as the potential use of DNA and stable isotopes in teeth, as well the effect technology and science are having on archaeological exploration, from nuclear imaging to GPS. Bahn also shows how archaeologists have contributed to some of the most prominent debates of our age, such as the role of climate change, the effects of rises in sea-level, and the possibility of global warming. This edition also includes updated suggestions for further reading.
'Very lively indeed and remarkably perceptive - a quite brilliant and level-headed look at the curious world of archaeology.' Barry Cunliffe, University of Oxford`It is often said that well-written books are rare in archaeology, but this is a model of good writing for a general audience. [The] chapters rattle along, packed with information by never getting bogged down in too much details. The book is full of jokes, but its serious message-that archaeology can be a rich and fascinating subject-it gets across with more panache than any other book I know.' Simon Denison, editor of British Archaeology.
1: The Origins and Development of Archaeology 2: Making a Date 3: Technology 4: How Did People Live? 5: How Did People Think? 6: Settlement and Society 7: How and Why Did Things Change? 8: Minorities and Sororities 9: Presenting the Past to the Public 10: The Future of the Past
Series: Very Short Introductions
Number Of Pages: 136
Published: 30th August 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.4 x 11.6
Weight (kg): 0.11
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised