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The Science of the Human Past, 4th Edition

By Mark Q Sutton


430 pages

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Paperback: 9780205881796
pub: 2012-10-16

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Illuminating the world of archaeology.

Archaeology conveys the excitement of archaeological discovery and explains how archaeologists think as they scientifically find, analyze, and interpret evidence. The main objective of this text is to provide an introduction to the broad and fascinating world of archaeology from the scientific perspective. Discussions on the theoretical aspects of archaeology, as well as the practical applications of what is learned about the past, have been updated and expanded upon in this fourth edition.

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:

  • Discuss the theoretical aspects of archaeology.
  • Apply what has been learned about the past.
  • Identify the various perspectives archaeologists have.

Table of Contents


Part 1: What is Archaeology?

Chapter 1: The Science of Archaeology

Chapter 2: Backgrounds of Archaeology

Chapter 3: The Development of Contemporary Archaeology

Part 2: Obtaining Information About the Past

Chapter 4: The Archaeological Record

Chapter 5: Conducting Fieldwork

Chapter 6: Classification and Analysis of Artifacts

Chapter 7: Determining Time

Chapter 8: Bioarchaeology: Human Remains

Part 3: Interpreting the Past

Chapter 9: Environment and Adaptation

Chapter 10: Understanding Past Settlement and Subsistence

Chapter 11: Interpreting Past Cultural Systems

Chapter 12: Understanding Culture Change

Part 4: Public Achaeology

Chapter 13: Cultural Resource Management

Chapter 14: Archaeology in the Real World

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology