Item Details

A Little History of Archaeology

Brian Fagan
Format
Book
Published
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]
Language
English
Series
Little Histories
ISBN
9780300224641, 0300224648
Summary
"The thrilling history of archaeological adventure, with tales of danger, debate, audacious explorers, and astonishing discoveries around the globe. What is archaeology? The word may bring to mind images of golden pharaohs and lost civilizations, or Neanderthal skulls and Ice Age cave art. Archaeology is all of these, but also far more: the only science to encompass the entire span of human history--more than three million years! This Little History tells the riveting stories of some of the great archaeologists and their amazing discoveries around the globe: ancient Egyptian tombs, Mayan ruins, the first colonial settlements at Jamestown, mysterious Stonehenge, the incredibly preserved Pompeii, and many, many more. In forty brief, exciting chapters, the book recounts archaeology's development from its eighteenth-century origins to its twenty-first-century technological advances, including remote sensing capabilities and satellite imagery techniques that have revolutionized the field. Shining light on the most intriguing events in the history of the field, this absolutely up-to-date book illuminates archaeology's controversies, discoveries, heroes and scoundrels, global sites, and newest methods for curious readers of every age."--provided by Amazon.com.
Contents
  • The "backward-looking curiosity"
  • Donkeys and pharaohs
  • Reading ancient Egypt
  • Digging into Nineveh
  • Tablets and tunnelling
  • The Maya revealed
  • Axes and elephants
  • A huge turning point
  • The three ages
  • Stone Age hunters in an icy world
  • Across the ages
  • The myth of the mound builders
  • "Stepping into the unknown"
  • Toros! Toros!
  • Searching for Homer's heroes
  • "Organised common sense"
  • The small and unspectacular
  • The palace of the minotaur
  • Not "men's work"
  • Mud bricks and a flood
  • "Wonderful things"
  • A palace fit for a chief
  • East and west
  • Shell heaps, pueblos and tree rings
  • A fire-breathing giant
  • Around the river bend
  • Dating the ages
  • Ecology and world prehistory
  • "Dear boy!"
  • The first farmers
  • Defending the Emperor
  • Underwater archaeology
  • Meeting the colonists
  • The Ice Man and others
  • Warrior-priests of the Moche
  • Tunnelling for the cosmos
  • C̦atalhöyük
  • Looking in the landscape
  • Shining a light on the invisible
  • Archaeology today and tomorrow.
Description
viii, 277 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Notes
Includes index.
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