Ancient Lives: An Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory, 6th Edition (Paperback) book cover

Ancient Lives

An Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory, 6th Edition

By Brian M. Fagan


558 pages

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Paperback: 9781138188792
pub: 2016-08-01
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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

About the Author


Brian Fagan

Santa Barbara, California, USA

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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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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology


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