Book Details

  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $72.00
  • January 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-500-29336-2
  • 448 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.


Principles of Archaeology

Second Edition

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T. Douglas Price (Author), Kelly Knudson (Author)

 

An introduction to archaeology that helps students think like archaeologists

Methods can be difficult to teach in the classroom, with many instructors struggling to devise practical ways to help students understand how archaeologists work. Principles of Archaeology makes its mark by helping students learn by doing archaeological projects, by clear chapter-by chapter coverage of each archaeological method, and through videos that explore different aspects of archaeological practice, including scientific concepts and ethical considerations.

Now in its second edition, Principles of Archaeology has been thoroughly updated, with particular emphasis on making the student archaeological projects more accessible and the e-media more engaging. 

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Learning through application

 “Archaeological Projects,” “Archaeological Thinking” features, and laboratory videos enable students to think like an archaeologist. Using the tools of archaeology, students analyze artifacts and sites and are encouraged to draw their own conclusions.

Pioneering scientific techniques

Fully up-to-date techniques and technologies are presented chapter by chapter. Students will gain a thorough understanding of methods like bioarchaeology and archaeological chemistry.

Stresses ethics and responsibilities in archaeology

Principles of Archaeology covers issues of heritage, ethics, and responsibility in feature boxes found throughout the main text called “Protecting the Past” and in a dedicated chapter (Chapter 16). Students come away with an appreciation of how these issues are central to the responsible study of archaeology.

Encompasses the globe

The authors include examples from around the world and North America, including Canada, in features called “In Focus.” Students will be exposed to a variety of regions and cultures.

    Preface

    PART 1: AN INTRODUCTION TO ARCHAEOLOGY
    Chapter 1: What Is Archaeology?
    Chapter 2: A Brief History of Archaeology
    Chapter 3: Interpreting the Past

    PART TWO: DISCOVERY
    Chapter 4: Archaeological Questions
    Chapter 5: The Archaeological Record
    Chapter 6: Fieldwork

    PART 3: ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION
    Chapter 7: Kinds of Things
    Chapter 8: Dating
    Chapter 9: Geoarchaeology
    Chapter 10: Lithics
    Chapter 11: Ceramic Analysis
    Chapter 12: Archaeobotany
    Chapter 13: Archaeozoology
    Chapter 14: Bioarchaeology
    Chapter 15: Archaeological Chemistry
    Chapter 16: Ethical Responsibilities

    ENDMATTER
    Bibliography
    Glossary
    Picture Credits
    Index