The Story of Archaeology tells the thrilling and fascinating tale of modern archaeology from its earliest beginnings to the present through 50 chronologically arranged profiles of iconic excavations - from the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Death Pit of Ur, from Machu Picchu to the Mary Rose, and from Hoxne to Hallstatt. Some of these are discoveries of the swashbuckling type - lost tombs filled with precious artefacts - but others consist of bricks and pieces of flint and pottery which have, in the story they tell, proved to be yet rarer and more valuable. Broken pots and test-tubes of ancient pollen can, after all, be just as much 'treasure' as the mask of Tutankhamun, for they all tell a part of the story that helps us to understand who we are and how we got here.
Each site profile is accompanied by boxed features shedding light on the archaeological techniques used then and now, describing the cultures that have been discovered and telling the personal stories of the people who discovered them. Helpful locator maps and informative timelines are included for every site. Profiled sites include:
Angkor Wat; Pompeii and Herculaneum; Easter Island; Ancient Olympia; The Hoxne flints; Petra; Belzoni in Egypt; Rosetta Stone; Nineveh and Nimrud; Cities of the Maya; Hallstatt; The Serapeum; Skara Brae; Lascaux; Troy; Great Zimbabwe; Wetherill and the Mid-West; Amarna; Java Man; The Lady of Elx; Knossos; The Antikythera Mechanism; Malta's Hidden Prehistory; Machu Picchu; The Death Pit of Ur; The Tomb of Tutankhamun; The Indus Valley Civilisation; Medieval Novgorod; The Ara Pacis; The Sutton Hoo; The Nazca Lines; The Dead Sea Scrolls; Khufu's Boat; Çatalhöyük; Port Royal; The Mary Rose; The First Australians; The Vindolanda Tablets; Lucy: Origin of our species; The Terracotta Army; Aztec Templo Mayor; Flag Fen; Lindow Moss; Custer's Last Stand; Battle of the Teutoberg Forest; Ice-bound Aircraft of Greenland; Death of an Iceman; Tombs of the Altay Mountains; Kennewick Man; The Amesbury Archer.