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Principles of Archaeology

T. Douglas Price, Kelly J. Knudson


The definitive introduction to the understanding and practice of archaeology, now in its second edition

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Principles of Archaeology provides the building blocks for students to learn how archaeologists think. Retaining its focus on teaching the major methods of analysis and the importance of scientific techniques, this new edition has been thoroughly redesigned and revised to include the most recent technologies and ethical issues involved in studying the past. A new co-author specializing in archaeological chemistry means the book leads the way with coverage of the most pioneering scientific approaches in archaeology, while up-to-date examples show students the complexity of practising archaeology, and how archaeological sites and finds impact how we understand our present and future.

Principles of Archaeology remains the most accessible and engaging entry point for those wanting to learn more about this fascinating field of study.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Second edition

Size: 27.7 x 21.6 cm

Extent: 448 pp

Illustrations: 381

Publication date: 22 February 2018

ISBN: 9780500293614

Contents List

1. An Introduction to Archaeology • 2. A Brief History of Archaeology • 3. Interpretation in Archaeology • 4. Archaeological Questions • 5. The Archaeological Record • 6. Fieldwork • 7. Kinds of Things • 8. Dating • 9. Geoarchaeology • 10. Lithic Analysis • 11. Ceramic Analysis • 12. Archaeobotany • 13. Archaeozoology • 14. Bioarchaeology • 15. Archaeological Chemistry • 16. Responsibilities • Endmatter

About the Author

T. Douglas Price is Weinstein Professor of European Archaeology, Emeritus, and the retired Director of the Laboratory for Archaeological Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kelly J. Knudson is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.

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