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The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology
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It can be browsed or studied, and it would engage the informal student as well as the serious reader. Strongly recommended for public libraries needing just one basic resource. --Booklist

As an introduction to the archaeological discoveries of the last few centuries, there is little here to be faulted, particularly at this price. Recommended for high school, public, and college libraries. --Library Journal
The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology is a sweeping exploration of archaeology that spans the globe from the beginning of recorded history and earlier. Here is a comprehensive view of the past as seen through the remnants of civilizations as they emerge and expand. The book begins by defining modern and ancient archaeology and gives the history of archaeology through the centuries. The different types of archaeology are explored, along with the techniques used for each and the problems, concerns and issues archaeologists face today. The main section of the book details each region of the world, with the authoritative text revealing the fascinating history of important archaeological sites. This global perspective includes more than 700 illustrations. The atlas section with detailed maps provides placements throughout history. Accurate, in-depth and up to date, The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology is compelling reading. It serves as an outstanding reference for professionals, researchers, history buffs and general readers. The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology includes:
  • The first humans
  • Early hunter-gatherers and farmers
  • Megalithic builders
  • The Bronze Age
  • The Greeks and Romans
  • The Dark Ages
  • Ancient Mesopotamia
  • The Persian Empire
  • Nomadic states
  • The Indus civilization
  • China's dynasties and empires
  • Japan and Southeast Asian kingdoms
  • Early Mesoamericans
  • The Maya, Aztec and Inca
  • Ancient Egypt and the Upper Nile
  • Iron Age Africa
  • Australian Aborigines.
Highlights:
  • Compiled and written by an international team of archaeologists and historians
  • Reveals the most up-to-date findings and their significance
  • Organized geographically by region and key sites
  • Uncovers the world's most important sites and treasures
  • Spans all periods of human settlement
  • Locator guide to sites by country
  • List of World Heritage Sites
  • 18 special features focus on intriguing topics
  • Further readings and a glossary
  • More than 700 color illustrations
  • Attractive maps that show locations of key sites.
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About the Author

Dr. Aedeen Cremin is an archaeologist and a visiting Fellow at the Australian National University at Canberra. She is the general editor of Historic Environment, the author of The Celts in Europe and the co-author of Australia's Age of Iron.

Reviews

[Review for previous edition] Rich, colorful photographs and artwork are found on every page.... Strongly recommended for public libraries needing just one basic resource.--Patricia Hogan"Booklist" (05/15/2008) [Review for previous edition] It will be most useful for middle and secondary schools as well as public libraries.--Mark T. Bay"Choice" (01/01/2008) [Review for previous edition] This profusely illustrated guide presents the history of archaeology, defines its subfields, and considers some of its challenges. [Review for previous edition] The color photographs are well chosen and of high quality. The inclusion of maps for each individual site and timelines for the most complex civilizations add to the usefulness the work. Sidebars are both interesting and relevant. Langauage and presentation will make this volume useful to libraries serving middle school studenets and abov. Because of the general nature of the work, it will be most useful for middlde and secondary schools as well as public libraries.--Mark T. Bay"Choice" (01/01/2008) [Review for previous edition] A must read for anyone interested in archaeology... Historical and modern photos, as well as detailed maps, make perfect ccomplements to the text. [Review for previous edition] Lavishly illustrated in full-color throughout, the volume belies its modest price and could be mistaken for a coffee-table book were the informational aspects of the work less impressive.... As an introduction to the archaeological discoveries of the last few centuries, there is little here to be faulted, particularly at this price. Recommended for high school, public, and college libraries.--Amanda Sprochi, University of Missouri Library "Library Journal " [Review for previous edition] More than 550 archivval and color images, 20 regional maps, and 150 locator maps, as well as time lines make the past ages live.... The book is very readable as well as a useful reference tool. It can be browsed or studied, and it would engge the informal student as well as the serious reader.... Rich, colorful photographs and artwork are found on every page.... Strongly recommended for public libraries needing just one basic resource.--Patricia Hogan"Booklist" (05/15/2008)

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