As a child I was always going to grow up and become a famous archaeologist (I never made it - I am actually a psychologist). My young daughter is similarly interested, and this is a great book for someone "starting out" with an interest in ancient times. It looks at all of the famous sites in archaeology, as well as the different eras. In addition it looks at themes as recent as the study of the industrial era, showing that archaeology is not just ancient bones and bits of pottery. For those who want more detail it is probably a little sketchy, but for the average household it is an excellent reference book.
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Grade 8 Up?A chronological approach to the excavation and examination of major archaeological sites throughout the world. Additionally, the authors provide an in-depth look at the process of archaeology from the moment of first discovery to detailed and contextual analysis. The well-written, informative chapters are supplemented with full-color photographs, conceptualized drawings, and maps. Where this work excels is in its exceptional "Gazetteer" section, which lists and describes sites by their geographical locations. These 14 maps allow readers to see an archaeological site from a global as well as localized perspective; they pinpoint not only the sites themselves, but also offer insight into the terrain of the regions. However, this topographical representation is also the one area for possible concern in the purchase of this work: the highest elevations are given pale lavender colors?colors often associated with lower elevations in traditionally colored topographical maps. Still, a minor flaw such as this one does not outweigh the beauty and benefits to be gleaned from this valuable book.?J. B. MacDonald, Milner Library, Illinois State University, Normal, IL Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Hunter-gatherers -- The Neolithic -- The monumental era -- The first cities -- The iron age -- The classical age -- The dark ages -- The medieval age -- The settlements -- The industrial age -- ...