The third edition of this best-selling introduction to what archaeologists do and how they do it has been entirely revised and updated in the light of new views, discoveries, and data. Developments in the technology and scope of archaeology are reflected in an increased emphasis on aspects ranging from GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and information on the Internet to gender archaeology and the latest thinking on post-processualism and cognitive archaeology. The profound impact of advances in genetics and linguistics is assessed, and some sections of the book -- the dating of rock art, for example -- have been totally rewritten in the light of recent events.
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An introduction for students and enthusiasts of archaeology, expanded to incorporate advances in the field. Topics covered range from underwater methods to radiocarbon dating and 30 influential excavations are summarized. Modern techniques include DNA analysis and rock dating using chlorine 36.About the Author:
Colin Renfrew is Disney Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge University, and is the author of many books including Before Civilization and Archaeology and Language. Paul Bahn is a prehistorian and the author or editor of numerous books including The Cambridge Illustrated History of Archaeology and the standard introduction to cave art, Journey Through the Ice Age.
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