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Encyclopedia of Archaeology

History and Discoveries

by Tim Murray(ed.)
Encyclopedia of Archaeology by Tim Murray
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From the Renaissance obsession with antiquities down to Tut-mania and Indiana Jones, the "romance" of archaeology has held universal attraction. Yet the great discoveries unearthed over the past 500 years are the result of day-to-day work in the field, laboratory, and library. An archaeologist is more likely to be armed with a dental pick than with a gun, more likely to be threatened by mosquitoes than by a pharaoh's curse. Created over almost 10 years and involving scholars from all over the world contributing articles on their areas of expertise, the five volumes of this encyclopedia aim to provide general readers with up-to-date information, to dispel myths and misconceptions, and to celebrate the vitality of an ever-evolving science.

In this second set, many of the world's leading archaeologists have contributed entries on their specialities, ranging from long essays to brief identifications. The A-Z articles spotlight archaeological pioneers and practitioners, heroes and villains, discoveries and debates, concepts and techniques, periods and regions, organizations and museums.

These three volumes trace the development of the field from the ancient Greeks to the end of the 20th century. Readers can travel from east (Japan; Cambodia) to west (Aztecs; Brazil) and north (Denmark; Russia) to south (South Africa), by land, sea and air, from the earliest prehistoric times to the end of the 20th century. The volumes pay particular attention to archaeology's impact on the wider culture and special features include a general bibliography, timeline and maps.

ABC-CLIO; May 2002
1486 pages; ISBN 9781576075777
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Title: Encyclopedia of Archaeology
Author: Tim Murray