The Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology

The Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology

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Bahn has produced a complete synthesis of the history of archaeology which will appeal to a wide, non-specialist, non-professional audience. Devoid of jargon and theoretical suppositions, he deals with the past, present and future of the discipline. Examples of events and discoveries are given, along with illustrations, from New World exploration and discovery of the 16th century, through the age of antiquarians and explorers, the science and romanticism of the 19th century, the search for human origins, and the new ideas, discoveries and techniques of the 20th and 21st centuries. A rich and detailed account written in Bahn's usual readable style.
Bahn has produced a complete synthesis of the history of archaeology which will appeal to a wide, non-specialist, non-professional audience. Devoid of jargon and theoretical suppositions, he deals with the past, present and future of the discipline.

Cambridge Univ Pr
Lavishly illustrated, this is the fullest and most authoritative single-volume history of archaeology available.
We humans have always possessed a deep curiosity about our origins and past. Indeed, as far back as 600 B.C. a Babylonian king excavated a temple floor laid 3,200 years before his time. Archaeology, to paraphrase Colin Renfrew, is a history of self-discovery, and for that reason it holds attraction for all peoples and all cultures. The Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology exploits our fascination with our past. It tells the story of those explorations that have helped shape our knowledge of history--from early digging in Greece and the Near East through the unearthing of sites in Europe to the archaeological finds of the Americas, Africa, and Australasia. It chronicles the development of archaeology from the crude fumblings of early antiquaries to the sophisticated digs of the present day. The team of experts under the guidance of Paul Bahn attempts to strike a balance between spectacular discoveries, such as the tomb of Tutankhamen, and the equally important progress of ideas. At the same time, they describe the often colorful roles of leading characters and set them against the social background of their times. It is hoped that many present and future general readers and amateur archaeologists will uncover much of interest in this book. Paul Bahn is the author of many books about archaeology, including The Bluffer's Guide to Archaeology (1989) and Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (with Colin Renfrew, 1991).

Publisher: Cambridge [England] : Cambridge University Press, 1999, c1996
ISBN: 9780521669467
0521669464
Branch Call Number: 930.1 Cam
Characteristics: xiii, 386 p. : ill. (some col.)
Additional Contributors: Bahn, Paul

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