Focusing on sites of key significance and the world’s first civilizations, Ancient Lives is an accessible and engaging textbook which introduces complete beginners to the fascinating worlds of archaeology and prehistory. Drawing on their impressive combined experience of the field and the classroom, the authors use a jargon-free narrative style to enliven the major developments of more than three million years of human life.
First introducing the basic principles, methods and theoretical approaches of archaeology, the book then provides a summary of world prehistory from a global perspective, exploring human origins and the reality of life in the archaic world. Later chapters describe the development of agriculture and animal domestication and the emergence of cities, states, and pre-industrial civilizations in widely separated parts of the world. With this new edition updated to reflect the latest discoveries and research in the discipline, Ancient Lives continues to be a comprehensive and essential introduction to archaeology.
Table of Contents
Part I Archaeology: Studying Ancient Times
Chapter 1 Introducing Archaeology and Prehistory
Chapter 2 The Record of the Past
Chapter 3 Acquiring the Record
Chapter 4 How Did People Live?
Part II Ancient Interactions
Chapter 5 Individuals and Interactions
Chapter 6 Studying the Intangible
Chapter 7 Explaining the Past
Part III The World of the First Humans
Chapter 8 Human Origins
Chapter 9 African Exodus
Part IV Modern Humans Settle the World
Chapter 10 The Great Diaspora
Part V The First Farmers and Civilizations
Chapter 11 The Earliest Farmers
Chapter 12 The First Civilizations
Chapter 13 Early Asian Civilizations
Part VI Ancient America
Chapter 14 Maize, Pueblos, and Earthwork Builders
Chapter 15 Mesoamerican Civilizations
Chapter 16 Andean Civilizations
Part VII On Being an Archaeologist
Chapter 17 So You Want to Become an Archaeologist
Brian M. Fagan is one of the world’s leading archaeological writers and an internationally recognized authority on world prehistory. He is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Nadia Durrani is a Cambridge University-trained archaeologist and writer, with a PhD from University College, London, in Arabian archaeology. She is former editor of Britain’s best-selling archaeology magazine, Current World Archaeology and has authored and edited many articles and books on archaeology from every corner of the globe.
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