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The discovery of the past (The origins of archaeology)

Schapp, Alain

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ISBN 10: 0714127329 / ISBN 13: 9780714127323
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0714127329 Copyright 1996 by the Trustees of the British Museum. Published 1999 by the British Museum Press. Written by Alain Schnapp. Good to very good paperback. No dj as issued. Light shelf-ware to edges of covers and spine. Bottom corner of the spine is bumped. Edge of front cover was slightly bent. Other than that nothing is ripped, the pages are clean, the binding is tight, and there are no markings. 0714127329. Packaged using bubble wrap and a sturdy cardboard box. Tracking number provided for no extra cost. Thank you for supporting our small town, family owned book store. Bookseller Inventory # JWB8311600037

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Examines the development of archaeology as a science and the process by which humankind developed an understanding of its past


No society on earth has been without curiosity about its past, a trait that yields folklore and history. Alain Schnapp, a professor of archaeology at the University of Paris, looks at an allied curiosity: that about the things of a people's past. In this comprehensive, heavily illustrated history of early European archaeology, he looks at Greek and Roman ideas about what was to them antiquity; examines the first inklings of scientific archaeology in the Renaissance; and delves into the formation of the first professional archaeological societies in the 18th and 19th centuries. Schnapp writes with a keen eye for the telling anecdote, recounting, for instance, a German scholar's refuting a commonly held view that ancient burial urns had grown in potato fields by spontaneous generation. Schnapp makes occasional detours into archaeology on other continents, too.

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