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The Science of the Human Past, 5th Edition

By Mark Q Sutton


414 pages

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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

Part I

What Is Archaeology?

Chapter 1

The Science of Archaeology

Chapter 2

Backgrounds of Archaeology

Chapter 3

The Development of Contemporary Archaeology

Part II

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 III


Chapter 9

Environment and Adaptation

Chapter 10

Understanding Past Settlement and Subsistence

Chapter 11

Interpreting Past Cultural Systems

Chapter 12

Understanding Culture Change

Part IV

Public Archaeology

Chapter 13

Cultural Resource Management

Chapter 14

Archaeology in Today’s World

About the Author

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).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology