Archaeology: Down to Earth

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This edition of the highly personal, informative, readable and entertaining perspective on 'what's up in contemporary American archaeology' contains a whole range of fresh material. These new features include an emphasis on the evolving relationship between archaeologists and Native American peoples; a new integration of scientific and humanistic approaches; on the increased importance of cognitive archaeology; focus on the increased participation of women; stress on the importance of applied archaeology; a new section on African America; emphasis on the importance of remote sensing in 'non-destructive archaeology', and on new developments at the molecular level.

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David Hurst Thomas has served as Curator of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City since 1972. A specialist in Native American archaeology, Thomas discovered both Gatecliff Shelter (Nevada) and the lost 16th- and 17th-century Franciscan mission Santa Catalina de Guale on St. Catherine's Island, Georgia. He has led the long-term excavation of Mission San Marcos near Santa Fe (New Mexico) and recently returned to St. Catherine's Island for long-term archaeological exploration. A founding trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian since 1989, Thomas has published extensively. His works include 100 papers and 30 books -- most recently, the bestselling Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archaeology, and The Battle for Native American Identity. Archaeologist Thomas likes "old stuff," including his 1961 Corvette, his 130-year-old house, and the Oakland Raiders.

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"It is well-written, easy to read, comprehensive, accurate, up-to-date, and the concepts are explained in a generally fun manner. I very much liked the fresh (new to this text) perspective and examples provided by Kelly."

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