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1st Edition

Discovering World Prehistory
Interpreting the Past through Archaeology

ISBN 9780367687793
Published March 16, 2022 by Routledge
442 Pages 104 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Discovering World Prehistory introduces the general field of archaeology and highlights for students the difference between obtaining data (basic archaeology) and interpreting those data into a prehistory, a coherent model of the past.

The opening section of the book covers the history, methods, and techniques of archaeology to provide a detailed examination of archaeological investigation. It highlights the excitement of archaeological discovery and how archaeologists analyze and interpret evidence. The second half covers global prehistory and shows how archaeological data is interpreted through theoretical frameworks to create a picture of the past. Starting with human evolution, chapters detail the key stages, from around the world, of prehistory, finishing with the transition to post-prehistoric societies.

Including chapter overviews, highlight boxes, chapter summaries, key concepts, and suggested reading, Discovering World Prehistory is designed to support introductory courses in archaeology and allows students to experience both methods and interpretation, offering a perfect introduction to the discipline.

Table of Contents

Part I. Archaeology: A Synergistic Discipline; 1. The Discipline of Archaeology; 2. A Brief History of Archaeology;  Part II. Unearthing the Evidence;  3. The Archaeological Record;  4. Archaeological Investigation;  5. Dating;  6. Bioarchaeolgy: Testimonies of the Dead;  7. Forging an Agile Past;  8. Contexts of Interpretation;  Part III. The Roots of Humanity;  9. Humanity Emerging;  10. The Lower Paleolithic: Homo erectus and Friends;  11. The Middle Paleolithic: The Neanderthals and Friends;  Part IV. The Upper Paleolithic and Beyond: A Prehistory of Modern Humans;  12. The Later Prehistory of the Near East;  13. The Later Prehistory of Africa;  14. The Later Prehistory of Europe;  15. The Later Prehistory of Asia;  16. Australia and Oceania;  17. A Prehistory of the Americas;  18. After Prehistory: The Development of the First States

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Mark Q. Sutton began his career in 1968, earning a BA (1972), an MA (1977), and a PhD (1987) in anthropology. He taught at California State University, Bakersfield from 1987 to 2007 where he retired as Emeritus Professor of Anthropology. He now teaches at the University of San Diego.