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Archaeology for Dummies [Paperback]

Nancy Marie White
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26 Sep 2008 For Dummies
An objective guide to this fascinating science of history and culture Archaeology continually makes headlines––from recent discoveries like the frozen Copper–Age man in the Italian Alps to the newest dating of the first people in America at over 14,0000 years ago. Archaeology For Dummies offers a fascinating look at this intriguing field, taking readers on–site and revealing little–known details about some of the world′s greatest archaeological discoveries. It explores how archaeology attempts to uncover the lives of our ancestors, examining historical dig sites around the world and explaining theories about ancient human societies. The guide also offers helpful information for readers who want to participate in an excavation themselves, as well as tips for getting the best training and where to look for jobs.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (26 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047033732X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470337325
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Your hands–on guide to this fascinating science of history and culture Are you amazed by archaeology? This friendly guide introduces you to this intriguing field and the people who reconstruct our past, clearing up common misconceptions and explaining how we learn about ancient human societies. You′ll see how to conduct archaeological fieldwork and unearth little–known details about some of the world′s biggest discoveries! Understand what archaeology is and isn′t — discover its history, its different forms, and the reasoning behind its method Learn how archaeologists think and work — see how they use science to reconstruct the past and why they argue over significant finds Go on–site — know what to pack for a field expedition, where to dig, how to survey and excavate, and ways to handle ethical issues involved in archaeological investigation Your real work begins — process, study, and analyze materials in order to tell the story of past human behavior Expand your modern world view — examine the major archaeological finds to understand what they tell us about today′s society Get involved — join societies, volunteer on digs, and study to become a professional archaeologist Open the book and find: Survey and excavation techniques described in detail Post–fieldwork procedures, from cleaning and dating to storing artifacts The different theoretical approaches of modern archaeology The story of human milestones, from the first people through modern times Instructive case studies of actual digs How to interpret and display the past from different viewpoints The latest sensational finds and controversies

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Nancy Marie White is a registered professional archaeologist and Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Florida, Tampa. Her research includes prehistoric and historic archaeological sites of all time periods in the eastern United States, as well as theoretical issues and public archaeology.

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2.0 out of 5 stars There's a reason its "For Dummies"... 5 May 2011
By B. Wild
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Its sort of alright, but seriously not something I'd solely lean on for an exam or anything. It really does dum things down and is less technical/in depth than other textbooks out there, which is why I'm glad I'd also bought the Archaeology Coursebook for my course (see below). I suppose it'd make a good introduction for the arm-chair archeologist but not really stellar. 2.5/5 for me, but as I said, Arch. coursebook is much better:

The Archaeology Coursebook: An Introduction to Themes, Sites, Methods and Skills
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK if you live in the USA 22 Sep 2013
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If only there was a UK version of this publication.

Terms and basics are all good, but the vast majority of the sites require a visit to the USA to effect a personal involvement in the examples,

Unfortunately, like the time team dig book I previously reviewed, this will end up gathering dust on the book shelf until a shortage of space rears it's head, when both books will probably end up as a donation to a charity shop or as land fill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Archaeology for dummies 6 May 2011
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I bought this book for my daughter who is going off to University to study Archaeology. She is thrilled with the book, she likes the fun and simplistic way everything is explained and the layout. Buying this book ws a breeze, smooth and efficient.
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