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