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Archaeological Thinking: How to Make Sense of the Past

by Charles E. Orser Jr. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 07, 2014)

In Archaeological Thinking, Charles E. Orser, Jr., provides a commonsense guide to applying critical thinking skills to archaeological questions and evidence.

Human Ecodynamics in the North Atlantic: A Collaborative Model of Humans and Nature through Space and Time

by Ruth A. Maher, Ramona Harrison, Aaron Kendall & Andrew J. Dugmore et al. Lexington Books (October 08, 2014)

In Human Ecodynamics in the North Atlantic: A Collaborative Model of Humans and Nature through Space and Time, Maher and Harrison have compiled a series of separate research projects conducted across the North...

Practicing Archaeology: An Introduction to Cultural Resources Archaeology

by Thomas W. Neumann & Robert M. Sanford AltaMira Press (October 16, 2009)

This book is an excellent reference tool for consulting firms, contractors, graduate students, and others who need to know the nuts and bolts of professional archaeology.

Death by Theory: A Tale of Mystery and Archaeological Theory

by Adrian Praetzellis AltaMira Press (January 16, 2011)

This thoroughly updated version of an archaeological classic, featuring the fictional archaeologist Hannah Green and her shovelbum nephew, allows students to learn the basics of archaeological theory while puzzling...

Living Histories: Native Americans and Southwestern Archaeology

by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh AltaMira Press (November 16, 2010)

Southwestern archaeology represents the intersection of countless peoples, interests, ideas, and events. Much as archaeologists working in the Southwest have shaped the lives and histories of Native Americans,...

The Legacy: South Florida Museum

by Thomas Peter Bennett UPA (December 18, 2010)

This book is an account of the origins, founding, and development in twentieth-century Florida of a people's museum that reflects Florida's changes through Spanish exploration, statehood, tourism, endangered...

Caddo Connections: Cultural Interactions within and beyond the Caddo World

by Jeffrey S. Girard, Timothy K. Perttula & Mary Beth Trubitt Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 10, 2014)

This up-to-date archaeological synthesis highlights current perspectives on Caddo origins and cultural elaborations in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Throughout, the authors explore the role of interactions...

Unearthing the Changes: Recently Discovered Manuscripts of the  Yi Jing ( I Ching) and Related Texts

by Edward L. Shaughnessy Columbia University Press (April 15, 2014)

In recent years, three ancient manuscripts relating to the Yi jing (I Ching), or Classic of Changes, have been discovered. The earliest—the Shanghai Museum Zhou Yi—dates to about 300 B.C.E. and shows evidence...

An Archaeology of Resistance: Materiality and Time in an African Borderland

by Alfredo González-Ruibal Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 27, 2014)

An Archaeology of Resistance: Materiality and Time in an African Borderland studies the tactics of resistance deployed by a variety of indigenous communities in the borderland between Sudan and Ethiopia.The...

The Archaeology of Art in the American Southwest

by Marit K. Munson AltaMira Press (April 16, 2011)

This book proposes an archaeology of art. Munson argues that studies of ancient artwork should be based on standard archaeological approaches to material culture, framed by theoretical insights of disciplines...

Lives in Ruins

by Marilyn Johnson Harper (November 11, 2014)

The author of The Dead Beat and This Book is Overdue! turns her piercing eye and charming wit to the real-life avatars of Indiana Jones—the archaeologists who sort through the muck and mire of swamps, ancient...

The Face of the Ancient Orient: Near Eastern Civilization in Pre-Classical Times

by Sabatino Moscati Dover Publications (September 12, 2012)

Fascinating study examines Sumerians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Hittites, Canaanites, Israelites, Persians, others. "...a valuable introduction, perhaps the best available in English." — American Historical...

The Goddess and the Bull

by Michael Balter Free Press (June 15, 2010)

Thousands of years before the pyramids were built in Egypt and the Trojan War was fought, a great civilization arose on the Anatolian plains. The Goddess and the Bull details the dramatic quest by archaeologists...

Surface Collection: Archaeological Travels in Southeast Asia

by Denis Byrne AltaMira Press (September 16, 2007)

This travelogue tackles the pressing issues of cultural-heritage management in Southern Asia by examining archaeological sites in Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines, among other countries.

History in the Making: The Archaeology of the Eastern Subarctic

by Donald H. Holly Jr. AltaMira Press (October 18, 2013)

History in the Making: The Archaeology of the Eastern Subarctic offers both a critical history and historiography of the Eastern Subarctic from the point of view of the archaeologists and anthropologists who...

The Zimbabwe Culture: Origins and Decline of Southern Zambezian States

by Innocent Pikirayi AltaMira Press (July 15, 2002)

Offering a unique and original perspective on the rise and fall of indigenous states of southern Zambezia, The Zimbabwe Culture analyzes the long contentious history of the remains of the remarkable cyclopean...

Marketing Heritage: Archaeology and the Consumption of the Past

by Yorke Rowan & Uzi Baram AltaMira Press (September 01, 2004)

Within this edited volume, original case studies from well-known sites throughout the world are presented to address the complex interaction between archaeology and nationalist, political, and commercial policies....

Managing Historical Records Programs: A Guide for Historical Agencies

by Bruce W. Dearstyne Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 20, 2000)

Dearstyne's goal is to foster stronger, more vibrant historical records programs by introducing archival work and describing strategies, approaches, principles and practices of strong programs. Lots of examples,...

Ancient African Metallurgy: The Sociocultural Context

by Michael S. Bisson, Terry S. Childs, Philip de Barros & Augustin F. C. Holl et al. AltaMira Press (August 16, 2000)

Gold. Copper. Iron. Metal working in Africa has been the subject of both popular lore and extensive archaeological investigation. In this volume, four leading archaeologists attempt to provide a complete synthesis...

Critically Reading the Theory and Methods of Archaeology: An Introductory Guide

by Guy Gibbon AltaMira Press (September 12, 2013)

Every archaeology student needs this book to learn how to critically read and think about theory and methods.

Ethnographic Archaeologies: Reflections on Stakeholders and Archaeological Practices

by Christopher N. Matthews, Quetzil Castañeda, George Nicholas & Mark P. Leone et al. AltaMira Press (February 08, 2008)

Ethnographic Archaeologies examines the role of ethnography in public archaeology, offering fresh insights into theories that advocate the engagement of archaeologists and archaeological investigations with...

Saharan Rock Art: Archaeology of Tassilian Pastoralist Iconography

by Augustin F. C. Holl AltaMira Press (April 02, 2004)

The Neolithic rock images of Iheren, Algeria are the starting point for Augustin Holl's careful analysis of the iconography of Saharan rock art. Holl examines the various strands of evidence-icons, ideas, motifs,...

Images of the Recent Past: Readings in Historical Archaeology

by Charles E. Orser Jr. AltaMira Press (August 15, 1996)

Historical archaeology has been without a definitive, up-to-date collection that reflects the breadth of the field_until now. Orser's book brings together classic and contemporary articles that demonstrate the...

Presenting Archaeology to the Public: Digging for Truths

by John H. Jameson Jr. AltaMira Press (February 04, 1997)

In the face of increasing public interest and demand for information, archaeologists are collaborating with historians, museum curators, and exhibit designers to devise the best strategies for translating archaeological...

Native Americans and Archaeologists: Stepping Stones to Common Ground

by Nina Swidler, Kurt Dongoske, Roger Anyon & Alan Downer AltaMira Press (April 08, 1997)

Legal and economic factors have thrust American archaeology into a period of intellectual and methodological unrest. Issues such as reburial and repatriation, land and resource 'ownership,' and the integration...

Indigenous Archaeology: American Indian Values and Scientific Practice

by Joe Watkins AltaMira Press (January 17, 2001)

Watkins' book is an important contribution in the contemporary public debates in public archaeology, applied anthropology, cultural resources management, and Native American studies.

In Pursuit of Gender: Worldwide Archaeological Approaches

by Sarah Milledge Nelson & Myriam Rosen-Ayalon AltaMira Press (December 22, 2001)

In Pursuit of Gender advances the study of gender in archaeology with detailed data, a world-wide scope and carefully reasoned conclusions that move into new territory, paving the way towards further research...

Ancient Queens: Archaeological Explorations

by Sarah Milledge Nelson AltaMira Press (June 05, 2003)

Shedding new light on the division of power, the essays in this volume explore the variety of roles and assumptions about queens from the Americas to Eurasia. Together they provide a global tour of archaeological...

African Connections: Archaeological Perspectives on Africa and the Wider World

by Peter Mitchell AltaMira Press (January 24, 2005)

From the exodus of early modern humans to the growth of African diasporas, Africa has had a long and complex relationship with the outside world. More than a passive vessel manipulated by external empires, the...

Presenting Archaeology in Court: A Guide to Legal Protection of Sites

by Marion P. Forsyth, Sherry Hutt & David Tarler AltaMira Press (February 09, 2006)

The passage of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) in 1979 was a watershed moment in the movement to protect cultural objects against looting. This brief volume provides practical help to those...

The Molecule Hunt: Archaeology and the Search for Ancient DNA

by Martin Jones Arcade (November 07, 2011)

A revolution is underway in archaeology. Working at the cutting edge of genetic and molecular technologies, researchers have been probing the building blocks of ancient life-DNA, proteins, fats-to rewrite our...

Palenque: Recent Investigations at the Classic Maya Center

by Damien B. Marken AltaMira Press (April 09, 2007)

Collection of articles on recent excavations and studies of one of the best known Maya archaeological sites

Gender and Chinese Archaeology

by Katheryn M. Linduff & Yan Sun AltaMira Press (July 26, 2004)

The roles of women in Chinese archaeology, with only a few exceptions, have at worst been overlooked, and at best consigned to conventional Marxist theory that prescribes formulaic frameworks for understanding...

Presenting the Past

by Larry J. Zimmerman AltaMira Press (March 19, 2003)

Using the right media, archeologists can and must educate and excite the people who need their information. Larry Zimmerman's earnestly engaging guide to reporting archaeological findings argues that communication...

Ethnographies of Archaeological Practice: Cultural Encounters, Material Transformations

by Matt Edgeworth AltaMira Press (May 04, 2006)

Collection of original studies on the contemporary practice of archaeology as a professional and scholarly endeavor.

Curating Archaeological Collections: From the Field to the Repository

by Terry S. Childs & Lynne P. Sullivan AltaMira Press (March 12, 2003)

Introduction to curation and preservation of archaeological materials.

Thinking About Cultural Resource Management: Essays from the Edge

by Thomas F. King AltaMira Press (August 27, 2002)

Collection of provocative essays on how to improve cultural resource management practice by the leading consultant in the field.

Collaboration in Archaeological Practice: Engaging Descendant Communities

by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh & T. J. Ferguson AltaMira Press (November 28, 2007)

In Collaboration in Archaeological Practice, prominent archaeologists reflect on their experiences collaborating with descendant communities (peoples whose ancestors are the subject of archaeological research)....

Archaeological Survey

by Brian Leigh Molyneaux & James M. Collins AltaMira Press (April 16, 2003)

Introduction to field survey and mapping methods for archaeologists.

Archaeology as a Tool of Civic Engagement

by Paul A. Shackel & Barbara J. Little AltaMira Press (May 17, 2007)

Little and Shackel use case studies from different regions across the world to challenge archaeologists to create an ethical public archaeology that is concerned not just with the management of cultural resources,...

Archaeology by Design

by Stephen L. Black & Kevin Jolly AltaMira Press (March 19, 2003)

Introduction to designing an archaeological project, in both academic and contract contexts.

Are All Warriors Male?: Gender Roles on the Ancient Eurasian Steppe

by Karen S. Rubinson, Katheryn M. Linduff, Sarah Milledge Nelson & Karlene Jones-Bley et al. AltaMira Press (March 13, 2008)

This collection of original essays presents an in-depth look at the archaeology of the Eurasian steppe-from China to Europe-and the evidence of gender roles in ancient nomadic societies.

Religion in the Prehispanic Southwest

by Christine S. VanPool, Todd L. VanPool & David A. Phillips Jr. AltaMira Press (January 19, 2007)

Religion mattered to the prehistoricSouthwestern people, just as it matters to their descendents today. Examining the role of religion can help to explain architecture, pottery, agriculture, even commerce. But...

Historical Archaeology in Africa: Representation, Social Memory, and Oral Traditions

by Peter R. Schmidt AltaMira Press (August 11, 2006)

Historical Archaeology in Africa is an inquiry into the questions that count, proposing different ways of thinking about historical archaeology. Peter Schmidt challenges readers to expand their horizons beyond...

Sexual Revolutions: Gender and Labor at the Dawn of Agriculture

by Jane Peterson AltaMira Press (September 18, 2002)

Description, based upon research evidence from the Near East and elsewhere, of the change in the gendered division of labor during the Neolithic agricultural revolution.

Burial Terminology: A Guide for Researchers

by Roderick Sprague AltaMira Press (August 11, 2005)

Reference guide establishing a standard terminology for archaeologists to use to describe burials and grave goods.

Legal Perspectives on Cultural Resources

by Jennifer R. Richman & Marion P. Forsyth AltaMira Press (December 27, 2003)

Collection of original writings on legal aspects of cultural resources protection from practicing lawyers and judges.

African Herders: Emergence of Pastoral Traditions

by Andrew B. Smith AltaMira Press (January 24, 2005)

Utilizing almost 40 years' work, Andrew Smith presents a detailed portrait of modern herdsmen and their historical antecedents. Following the assumption that Africa has never been isolated from the rest of the...

From Stonehenge to Las Vegas: Archaeology as Popular Culture

by Cornelius Holtorf AltaMira Press (May 06, 2005)

Using wide-ranging examples and compelling images to support his often controversial theses, including the assertion that the past is a 'renewable resource,' Cornelius Holtorf merges archaeological and cultural...

Phytoliths: A Comprehensive Guide for Archaeologists and Paleoecologists

by Dolores R. Piperno AltaMira Press (January 30, 2006)

Introductory guide to the analysis of plant phytoliths in archaeology.