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Archaeology: The Whole Story

Paul Bahn


A comprehensive guide to humanity's past that takes the reader on a tour through time and across the globe to every site of archaeological importance

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Archaeology: The Whole Story is a comprehensive guide through our whole human past. Starting over four million years ago, in deep prehistory, and finishing in the present era, it takes the reader on a tour through time and across the globe to every site of archaeological importance. From the prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux to Tutankahumun’s tomb to the buried city of Pompeii via China’s Terracotta Army, all of the world’s most iconic sites and discoveries are here. So too are the more obscure but equally groundbreaking finds, such as the recent discovery of our oldest known human ancestors, or the equally recent and significant discovery of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey, the world’s oldest-known temple.

• Comprehensive coverage of the world’s most important archaeological sites, placing them in the context of key social and cultural developments.

• Stunning imagery of key archaeological discoveries, from spectacular complexes unearthed in deserts and jungles to fascinating artworks and artifacts.

• Historical timelines map the complete story of human civilization.

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'An excellent accessible reference guide'
Current World Archaeology

'Strikes the right balance between detail and readability, and the visuals are well chosen, well reproduced and, well, abundant'

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Book Details

Format: Flexibound PLC (with jacket)

Size: 25.4 x 17.2 cm

Extent: 576 pp

Publication date: 14 September 2017

ISBN: 9780500292761

Contents List

Introduction • 1. Deep Prehistory – From Apes to Modern Humans • 2. From Hunters to Farmers • 3. The Bronze Age and the Rise of Civilizations • 4. The Iron Age and the Ancient World • 5. The Medieval World • 6. The Modern World • 7. How Archaeology Works

About the Author

Paul Bahn is co-author of Thames & Hudson’s bestselling Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice, and author of Images of the Ice Age, widely regarded as the standard introduction to cave art.

Brian Fagan is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Among his books are Discovery!, Ancient North America, The Complete Ice Age and The Great Archaeologists, all published by Thames & Hudson.

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Brian Fagan

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