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California Archaeology

Author : Michael J. Moratto
ISBN : 9781483277356
Genre : History
File Size : 72.12 MB
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California Archaeology provides a compilation of knowledge for archeologists who are not California specialists. This book explains important cultural events and patterns discovered archeologically. Organized into 11 chapters, this book begins with an overview of California's historic and ancient environments as well as the evidence of Pleistocene human activity. This text then examines the glacial and other environmental conditions that would have influenced the origins, adaptations, and spread of the earliest North Americans. Other chapters consider how California's past is relevant to a wider understanding of human behavior. This book discusses as well the perceptions of Central Coast and San Francisco Bay region prehistory that have changed rapidly as a result of intensive fieldwork performed to comply with environmental law. The final chapter deals with the data of historical linguistics, which indicate something of the cultural relationships and events that might have occurred in the past. This book is a valuable resource for archeologists.
Category: History

In Pursuit Of The Past

Author : Lewis R. Binford
ISBN : 052092858X
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 75.87 MB
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Many consider Lewis Binford to be the single most influential figure in archaeology in the last half-century. His contributions to the "New Archaeology" changed the course of the field as he argued for the development of a scientifically rigorous framework to guide the excavation and interpretation of the archaeological record. In this book, first published nearly two decades ago, Binford provided students and general readers with an introduction to his challenging and provocative ideas about understanding the human past. Now available again, this important component of Binford's intellectual legacy will convey the drama and intellectual excitement of contemporary archaeology to a new generation of archaeologists and others interested in the field. Throughout the book, Binford questions old ideas and proposes new theories based on his comparative archaeological and ethnographic research in North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. A new afterword by Binford surveys the direction archaeology has taken since the publication of this book and shares his hopes for the future of the discipline.
Category: Social Science

Handbook Of Gender In Archaeology

Author : Sarah M. Nelson
ISBN : 0759106789
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 83.10 MB
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First reference work to explore the research on gender in archaeology.
Category: Social Science

Documentary Archaeology In The New World

Author : Mary C. Beaudry
ISBN : 0521449995
Genre : History
File Size : 72.16 MB
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It outlines a fresh approach to the archaeological study of the historic cultures of North America.
Category: History

Prehistory Of North America

Author : Mark Sutton
ISBN : 9781317345237
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 61.73 MB
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A Prehistory of North America covers the ever-evolving understanding of the prehistory of North America, from its initial colonization, through the development of complex societies, and up to contact with Europeans. This book is the most up-to-date treatment of the prehistory of North America. In addition, it is organized by culture area in order to serve as a companion volume to “An Introduction to Native North America.” It also includes an extensive bibliography to facilitate research by both students and professionals.
Category: Social Science

Roman Archaeology For Historians

Author : Ray Laurence
ISBN : 9780415505925
Genre : History
File Size : 90.93 MB
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Roman Archaeology for Historians provides students of Roman history with a guide to the contribution of archaeology to the study of their subject. It discusses the issues with the use of material and textual evidence to explain the Roman past, and the importance of viewing this evidence in context. It also surveys the different approaches to the archaeological material of the period and examines key themes that have shaped Roman archaeology. At the heart of the book lies the question of how archaeological material can be interpreted and its relevance for the study of ancient history. It includes discussion of the study of landscape change, urban topography, the economy, the nature of cities, new approaches to skeletal evidence and artefacts in museums. Along the way, readers gain access to new findings and key sites - many of which have not been discussed in English before and many, for which, access may only be gained from technical reports. Roman Archaeology for Historians provides an accessible guide to the development of archaeology as a discipline and how the use of archaeological evidence of the Roman world can enrich the study of ancient history, while at the same time encouraging the integration of material evidence into the study of the period's history. This work is a key resource for students of ancient history, and for those studying the archaeology of the Roman period.
Category: History

Understanding The Archaeological Record

Author : Gavin Lucas
ISBN : 9781139504911
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 25.35 MB
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This book explores the diverse understandings of the archaeological record in both historical and contemporary perspective, while also serving as a guide to reassessing current views. Gavin Lucas argues that archaeological theory has become both too fragmented and disconnected from the particular nature of archaeological evidence. The book examines three ways of understanding the archaeological record - as historical sources, through formation theory and as material culture - then reveals ways to connect these three domains through a reconsideration of archaeological entities and archaeological practice. Ultimately, Lucas calls for a rethinking of the nature of the archaeological record and the kind of history and narratives written from it.
Category: Social Science

Archaeology As Political Action

Author : Randall H. McGuire
ISBN : 0520254902
Genre : Political Science
File Size : 38.25 MB
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"It is rare to read an archaeological book that has the capacity to inspire, as this one has."--Mark P. Leone, author of The Archaeology of Liberty in an American Capital "Archaeology as Political Action is a highly original work that will be important for archaeologists and others concerned with processes of social change in the world today and, more importantly, with making a difference."--Thomas C. Patterson, coeditor of Foundations of Social Archaeology "This powerful statement by a leading archaeological thinker has profound implications for rigorous archaeological interpretation, community collaboration, and political intervention."--Stephen W. Silliman, coeditor of Historical Archaeology
Category: Political Science

California Prehistory

Author : Terry L. Jones
ISBN : 0759108722
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 48.42 MB
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Reader of original synthesizing articles for introductory courses on archaeology and native peoples of California.
Category: Social Science