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Discovering Our Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology

Discovering Our Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology (Paperback)

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This brief, inexpensive introduction to the techniques, methods, and theoretical frameworks of contemporary archaeology follows the same organizing principle as the text "Archaeology: Discovering Our Past" but features less detail. Archaeological methods and theory are covered comprehensively - at a reasonable level of detail - in under 300 pages. Illustrative examples and case studies present a temporal and geographic balance of both Old and New World sites. Abundant student aids include maps of archaeological areas, extensive illustrations, chapter introductions and summaries, a guide to further reading at the end of each chapter, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index.

Currently Professor of Anthropology at the University California, Riverside, Dr. Wendy Ashmore has archaeological research experience spanning more than 25 years. Her work includes field research at Quirigua in Guatemala, at Gualijoquito and Copan in Honduras, and most recently, at Zunantunich in Belize. Among her publications are edited volumes on Lowland Maya Settlement Patterns (1981), Household and Community in the Mesoamerican Past (with Richard Wilk, 1988), and Archaeolgies of Landscape: Contemporary Approaches (with A. Bernard Knapp, 1999). Dr. Robert J. Sharer is Shoemaker Professor of Anthropology, and Curator of the American Section, at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia. He has over 30 years of research experience in the Maya area of Central America, including the directing of long term archaeological projects at Chalchuapa, El Salvador(1966-70), in the Alta Verapaz (1971-74) and at Quirigua, Guatemala (1974-79), and currently at Copan, Honduras, where he has directed the Early Copan Acropolis Program since 1989. In addition to articles, papers, and monographs reporting the results of this research, he is the author of several books about Maya civilization, including Quirigua: A Classic Maya Center and Its Sculpture (1990), The Ancient Maya (1994), and Everyday Life in Maya Civilization (1996).

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