Ancient Lives: An Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory (4th Edition)

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For one semester courses in Introductory Archaeology and Prehistory that combine theory and methods.

 

Ancient Lives is aimed at general courses in archaeology and prehistory that cover archaeological methods and theory, as well as world prehistory. The first half of the book covers the basic principles, methods, and theoretical approaches of archaeology. The second half is devoted to a summary of the major developments of human prehistory: the origins of humankind and the archaic world, the origins and spread of modern humans, the emergence of food production, and the beginnings of civilization. This is a book for complete beginners, written in a narrative style.

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Written in an easy-to-read, jargron-free style interlaced with the author's first-hand archaeology experiences, this introduction to the most fundamental principles, methods, and theoretical approaches of archaeology is designed for the complete beginner. Featuring truly global coverage--reflected in examples from all parts of the world--it paints a compelling portrait of archaeology, science, and the past. Readers gain a basic grounding in the conceptual, technical, and ethical aspects of the subject; the career opportunities it offers; and some of the spectacular, and not-so-well known, discoveries that illuminate our past. "Doing Archeology" boxes and a brief guide to archaeological Web resources provide a hands-on perspective. What Happened in Prehistory? What Is Archaeology? Culture and the Archaeological Record. How Old Is It? How Do Cultures Change? Ancient Environments. Finding the Past. Digging Up the Past. Artifacts of the Ancients. How Did People Live? Settlement and Landscape. People of the Past. The Archaeology of the Intangible. So You Want to Become and Archaeologist! For general readers interested in the concepts and methods of archaeology.

About the Author:

Brian Fagan is one of the leading archaeological writers in the world and an internationally recognized authority on world prehistory. He studied archaeology and anthropology at Pembroke College, Cambridge University, and then spent seven years in sub-Saharan Africa working in museums and in monument conservation and excavating early farming sites in Zambia and East Africa. He was one of the pioneers of multidisciplinary African history in the 1960s. From 1967 to 2003, he was professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he specialized in lecturing and writing about archaeology to wide audiences. He is now professor emeritus.

 

Professor Fagan has written six best-selling textbooks: Ancient Lives: An Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory; In the Beginning; Archaeology: A Brief Introduction; People of the Earth; World Prehistory; and A Brief History of Archaeology–all published by Prentice Hall–which are used around the world. His general books include The Rape of the Nile, a classic history of Egyptology; The Adventure of Archaeology; Time Detectives; Ancient North America; The Little Ice Age; and The Great Warming. He is general editor of the Oxford Companion to Archaeology. In addition, he has published several scholarly monographs on African archaeology and numerous specialized articles in national and international journals. He is also an expert on multimedia teaching and received the Society for American Archaeology’s first Public Education Award for his indefatigable efforts on behalf of archaeology and education.

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