Archaeology: The Science of the Human Past provides an introduction to the broad and fascinating world of archaeology from the scientific perspective. Conveying the exhilaration of archaeological work, it explores the ways archaeologists analyse and interpret evidence. Varying perspectives are considered to provide holistic coverage of archaeological techniques and methods and show how the complexity of the past can be captured by the empirical science of archaeology.
The Fifth Edition has been updated and revised to include the latest archaeological approaches and the impact developments in archaeological science have made in recent years. The chapter on bioarchaeology has been completely rewritten to reflect these developments. Archaeology: An Introduction will allow 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.
Table of Contents
What Is Archaeology?
The Science of Archaeology
Backgrounds of Archaeology
The Development of Contemporary Archaeology
Obtaining Information about the Past
The Archaeological Record
Classification and Analysis of Artifacts
Bioarchaeology: Human Remains
INTERPRETING THE PAST
Environment and Adaptation
Understanding Past Settlement and Subsistence
Interpreting Past Cultural Systems
Understanding Culture Change
Cultural Resource Management
Archaeology in Today’s World
Mark Q. Sutton is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of San Diego, USA. He is Principal Investigator at Statistical Research, Inc., San Diego. His publications include An Introduction to Native North America 5e (2016), A Prehistory of North America (2011), Introduction to Cultural Ecology 3e with E.N. Anderson (2013), Paleonutrition (2010), and Archaeological Laboratory Methods: An Introduction 6e with Brooke S. Arkush (2014).