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Archaeology : a brief introduction

Author: Brian M Fagan
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   book_printbook : English : 4th edView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Einführung
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian M Fagan
ISBN: 0673521354 9780673521354
OCLC Number: 21948706
Description: x, 246 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Archaeologists learn to study past cultures --
Early speculations and excavations --
The three ages and the antiquity of humankind --
The discovery of the early civilizations --
Troy, Mycene, and the Minoans --
Early American archaeology --
Cushing, Bandelier, and the direct historical method --
Early archaeological theory --
The emergence of modern scientific archaeology --
2. Archaeology as anthropology --
Archaeology --
Types of archaeology --
World prehistory --
3. Culture --
Anthropological archaeology --
Human culture --
Cultural systems --
Cultural process --
Goals of archaeology --
Theory in archaeology --
Archaeological sites --
Context --
4. Time --
Relative chronology --
Dating in years (chronometric dating) --
5. Space --
The law of association --
Subassemblages and assemblages --
Households, communities, and activity areas --
Culture areas and settlement patterns --
6. Preservation and survey --
The archaeological record --
Favorable preservation conditions --
Finding archaeological sites --
Accidental discoveries --
Deliberate archaeological survey --
Aerial photography --
Remote sensing --
Aerial sensor imagery --
Other survey tools --
7. Excavation --
Archaeological procedures --
Planned excavation --
Types of excavation --
Recording --
Habitation sites --
Ceremonial and other specialist sites --
Burials and cemeteries --
8. Ordering the past --
Back from the field --
Classification, taxonomy, and systematics --
Objectives of classification --
Typology --
9. Subsistence --
Evidence for subsistence --
Prehistoric diet --
Animal bones --
Vegetal remains --
Birds, fish, and mollusks --
Rock art --
10. Interaction --
Settlement patterns --
Trade --
Social organization --
Religious beliefs --
11. The present and the past --
Middle-range theory --
The living past --
Comparisons --
Living archaeology --
Experimental archaeology --
Combining approaches --
12. Explaining the past --
Culture historical interpretation --
Noncultural models --
Processual archaeology --
The systems-ecological approach --
Postprocessual archaeology --
Reconsidering evolutionary archaeology --
13. Archaeology tomorrow --
The future of the past --
Archaeology and you.
Responsibility: Brian M. Fagan.

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