An integrated picture of prehistory as an active process of discovery.
World Prehistory and Archaeology: Pathways through Time, third edition, provides an integrated discussion of world prehistory and archaeological methods. This text emphasizes the relevance of how we know and what we know about our human prehistory. A cornerstone of World Prehistory and Archaeology is the discussion of prehistory as an active process of discovery. Methodological issues are addressed throughout the text to engage readers.
Archaeological methods are introduced in the first two chapters. Succeeding chapters then address the question of how we know the past to provide an integrated presentation of prehistory. The third edition involves readers in the current state of archaeological research, revealing how archaeologists work and interpret what they find. Through the coverage of various new research, author Michael Chazan shows how archaeology is truly a global discipline. Learning Goals Upon completing this book, readers will be able to:
* Gain new perspectives and insights into who we are and how our world came into being.
* Think about humanity from the perspective of archaeology.
* Appreciate the importance of the archaeological record for understanding contemporary society.
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Michael Chazan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Director of the Archaeology Centre at the University of Toronto. He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology at Yale University. Before coming to Toronto, Dr. Chazan was a postdoctoral fellow with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Among his field experience are excavations in New Jersey, France, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and South Africa. Dr. Chazan’s publications include a monograph on the Lower Paleolithic site of Holon, Israel, coauthored with Liora Kolska-Horwitz. Dr. Chazan is currently engaged in a project on the Earlier Stone Age of South Africa. The project pulls together an international team of researchers to study a series of spectacular sites located in the Northern Cape Province.Review:
“I am quite impressed with the coverage of parts of the world far away from the author's own research and experience.”
- Robert Tykot, University of South Florida
“Presents a well-digested, well-illustrated narrative of the human career, emphasizing both archaeological tools and products of archaeological investigation.”
- LuAnn Wandsnider, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
“Both my students and I appreciate [Michael Chazan’s] writing style as academic yet accessible.”
- Andrew Wyatt, University of Illinois at Chicago
“The author's writing style is smooth and approachable for students accustomed to today's information-technology permeated world. To my mind, he conveys an understanding of the demands of teaching a very different breed of students that have been educated in multi-media environments. That is a huge plus.”
- Michael Danti, Boston University
“A comprehensive text for both those interested in archaeology and world prehistory. The essentials are there, without the "fluff" of other books on the subject. Great for introductory level students in the humanities and social sciences.”
- Brad Biglow, Florida State College at Jacksonville
“A very good textbook for an introductory archaeological course with an emphasis on world prehistory.”
- Brett Houk, Texas Tech University
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