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Following up on the success of the first edition, World Prehistory and Archaeology contains new Canadian content in each chapter. Michael Chazan (University of Toronto) is an expert in the field, and brings a unique and dynamic point of view to the study of introductory archaeology. With a focus on Canada’s important archaeological sites and well-known archaeologists, World Prehistory and Archaeology 2ce is the only Canadian textbook published for a world prehistory and archaeology course. Integrating archaeological method with the story of human prehistory, the text presents a combined picture of prehistory as an active process of discovery with methodological issues. This provides students the tools to understand how the current understanding of human prehistory evolved. With new and updated Canadian content, Chazan brings students to the cutting edge of archaeological research by presenting the most recent discoveries and theoretical perspectives.
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Michael Chazan is the author of both the US and Canadian editions. He has been teaching archaeology at the University of Toronto since 1997. He received his Ph.D. from Yale, and previously taught at Tufts, Brandeis, and Harvard.Review:
“The author provides an approach to the material that is honest in its commitment to exploring how archaeology as a field approaches the study of the past in a way not overly complex for introductory students yet sophisticated enough to sign post ideas and theories that interested students can then pursue...I particularly appreciate Chazen’s very upfront way of discussing multiple opinions on a given issue and how he navigates complex territory with succinct yet detailed excurses of major substantive debates in archaeology...The text is also very well organized with multiple signposts to other issues, ideas, and readings.”
--P. Johansen, University of British Columbia
“A well-written and organized comprehensive text on global prehistory and archaeology; by far the best text out there of its kind.”
-- P. Johansen, University of British Columbia
“This text provides a solid introduction to archaeological method and theory as well as a thorough, well written and splendidly illustrated summary of world prehistory that is ideal for introductory level university courses.”
--M. Bisson, McGill University
“Chazan has a wonderful facility for reducing complex and contentious topics to their very essence!”
--L. Milne, Medicine Hat College
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