Archaeological Research: A Brief Introduction

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This concise yet thorough book introduces readers to the basic methods of data collection, analysis, and interpretation of archaeological research. Focusing on the process itself, it explores why archaeologists choose and use particular methods over others, along with the varying circumstances of their research. It also provides a brief overview of archaeological literature, and legal and ethical issues in the field. Topics include the archaeological process and record, sampling and research design, survey and excavation methods and strategies, recordkeeping, dating archaeological materials, presenting results, and research opportunities. For armchair archaeologists who recognize that a better understanding of the past will yield a better understanding of ourselves, our biases, and social world today.

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Unique online study resource...the Companion Website™ www.prenhall.com/peregrine

Prentice Hall's exclusive Companion Website™ that accompanies Archaeological Research: A Brief Introduction offers unique tools and support that make it easy for students and instructors to integrate this online study guide with the text. The site is a comprehensive resource that is organized according to the chapters within the text and features a variety of learning and teaching modules:

For Students

  • Study Guide Modules contain a variety of exercises and features designed to help students with self-study. These modules include:
    • Chapter objectives that help students organize key concepts to be learned
    • Essay questions that help strengthen critical thinking skills
    • Quizzes with multiple-choice and true-false questions that supply instant scoring and feedback on student mastery of core material
    • Built-in e-mail routing option that gives students the ability to forward essay responses and graded quizzes to their instructors.
  • Reference Modules contain Web Destinations and Net Search options that provide the opportunity to expand upon the information presented in the text. Whether through a directory of Websites relevant to the subject matter of a chapter or by simplifying key-term searching by automatically inserting terms from a chapter into major search engines, these reference features enable students to quickly reach related information on the Web.
  • Communication Modules include tools such as Live Chat and Message Boards to facilitate online collaboration and communication.
  • Personalization Modules include our enhanced Help feature that contains a text page for browsers and plug-ins.

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  • The Faculty Module includes resources for teaching. This module is accessed via a password provided free of charge by Prentice Hall.
  • Syllabus Manager™ tool provides an easy-to-follow process for creating, posting, and revising a syllabus online that is accessible from any point within the Companion Website—. This resource allows instructors and students to communicate both inside and outside of the classroom at the click of a button.

About the Author:

PETER N. PEREGRINE is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Dr. Peregrine received his Ph.D. in 1990 from Purdue University, where he did research on the late prehistoric Mississippian culture of the Midwestern United States. Dr. Peregrine has dedicated his career to teaching undergraduates and regularly teaches courses on archaeology, research methods, and human evolution. He has also conducted archaeological fieldwork in the United States and Syria trying to understand how and why complex societies evolve and collapse. He is the author of more than 30 articles and book chapters and has authored or edited six books, including Mississippian Evolution: A World-System Perspective (1992) and Archaeology of the Mississippian Culture (1996).

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