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.
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This is the fullest and most authoritative single-volume account of archaeology available. Lavishly illustrated throughout and global in scope, it tells the story of those explorations which have helped shape our knowledge of the past. It is the first general history of archaeology to be written by a team of specialists.From Booklist:
Archaeology as a discipline has a history as colorful as the subject it studies--the artifacts of the human past. Who hasn't heard of businessman-turned-flamboyant excavator Heinrich Schliemann, who unearthed (and looted) Troy's gold? Author Bahn leads a team of a dozen scholars down that parallel track of eccentric personalities and the things they dug up, resulting in a compact volume with a worldwide embrace, evenly balanced between sites famous and obscure. For its Eurocentric focus, however, Bahn makes no apology, arguing that the "archaeology of archaeology" essentially developed in Europe, at first, while the Renaissance gathered steam, in curiosity about Roman ruins and megalithic monuments like Stonehenge. Simple antiquarian collecting gradually gave way to more scientific systems of analysis, and the chapters, organized chronologically, recount the field's increasing sophistication in, for example, dating methods such as the carbon 14 technique. Two hundred illustrations abound, arresting the attention of any passing browser. An asset in any library. Gilbert Taylor
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Descripción Cambridge University Press, 1996. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110521669464
Descripción Cambridge University Press. PAPERBACK. Estado de conservación: New. 0521669464 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.1140357