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6th Edition

The Science of the Human Past

ISBN 9780367617806
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
432 Pages 119 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Archaeology: The Science of the Human Past provides students with a thorough understanding of what archaeology is and how it operates and familiarizes them with fundamental archaeological concepts and methods.

This volume introduces the basic components of archaeology, including sites, artifacts, ecofacts, remote sensing, and excavation. It discusses how archaeologists obtain and classify information and how they analyze this information to formulate and test models of what happened in the past. Cultural resource management and the laws and regulations that deal with archaeology around the world are described. Archaeology is placed in the context of contemporary issues, from environmental problems to issues affecting Indigenous populations. The sixth edition has been updated and simplified to create a more streamlined volume to meet the needs of the students and teachers for whom it is designed, reflecting the latest developments in archaeological techniques and approaches.

Allowing students to understand the theoretical and scientific aspects of archaeology and how various archaeological perspectives and techniques help us understand how and what we know about the past, Archaeology: The Science of the Human Past is an ideal introduction to archaeology.

Table of Contents

Part I What is Archaeology?

1 The Science of Archaeology

2 Background of Archaeology

3 The Development of Contemporary Archaeology

Part II Obtaining Information about the Past

4 The Archaeological Record

5 Conducting Fieldwork

6 Classification and Analysis of Artifacts

7 Determining Time

8 Bioarchaeology: Human Remains

Part III Interpreting the Past

9 Environment and Adaptation

10 Understanding Past Settlement and Subsistence

11 Interpreting Past Cultural Systems

12 Understanding Change

Part IV Public Archaeology

13 Cultural Resource Management

14 Archaeology in Today’s World

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Mark Q. Sutton is an emeritus professor of anthropology at California State University, Bakersfield, USA.