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eBook The Practical Archaeologist: How We Know What We Know About the Past epub
  • ISBN: 081603950X
  • Author: Jane McIntosh
  • Genre: Other
  • Subcategory: Social Sciences
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Facts on File; Subsequent edition (August 1, 1999)
  • Pages: 186 pages
  • ePUB size: 1838 kb
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Jane McIntosh's "The Practical Archaeologist" is a superb overview of archaeology for the lay reader

Jane McIntosh's "The Practical Archaeologist" is a superb overview of archaeology for the lay reader.

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Jane McIntosh is a Scottish archaeologist and author. McIntosh obtained a PhD from the University of Cambridge on contacts between the Indus Valley Civilisation and Mesopotamia. She then began writing popular books about archaeology. Her first book, The Practical Archaeologist (1986), has been described as a "key reference" and is recommended as an introduction to archaeology for beginners. Treasure Seekers: The World's Great Fortunes Lost and Found.

The Practical Archaeologist is an introduction to archaeology with a user-oriented approach. Mass Market Paperback Paperback Hardcover Mass Market Paperback Paperback Hardcover.

An introduction to the background history and principles of archaeology, the way the archaeologist works and the way in which modern archaeological techniques enable scientists to build up a more accurate picture of the past than ever before. - The Book Report, March/April 2000.

Written by. Mcintosh. Manufacturer: Facts On File Inc Release date: 1 August 1999 ISBN-10 : 0816039518 ISBN-13: 9780816039517.

Author Jane McIntosh, P. studied archaeology at the University of Cambridge, where she earned her doctorate. She has dug extensively in India, Britain, and Cyprus.

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Discusses the nature of archaeology, describes modern excavation methods, and explains how sites and remains are analyzed
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When I was an adolescent, back around 1960, I had two obsessions: The far future and the far past. I guess I just wasn't interested in living in the present, but I read a great deal about space flight and astronomy (and a lot of science fiction) and another great deal about ancient history and archaeology. In fact, my ambition at that age was to be the Official Archaeologist on the first Mars expedition. I didn't make it, obviously, but I did spend the summer before college working as a volunteer in the Missouri Basin Project, helping to survey suspected Indian hunting campsites in the upper Midwest. It wasn't very exciting work in an objective sense but I was fascinated by it. In graduate school, I worked with a university group poking around the remains of several Civil War-era army posts in New Mexico and I've been an avid armchair archaeologist ever since.

McIntosh's book is widely recommended as an introductory survey to the field, and with good reason. The author, with a Ph.D. from Cambridge, is widely experienced in the field and also knows how to explain her profession to civilians. She divides things into five sections, on just what archaeology is about, a broad look at the archaeological "landscape," the techniques of excavation, how findings are interpreted and related to everything else, and what we should make of all this in understanding the past. Early on, there are numerous short discussions, only a couple of pages each on subjects as wide-ranging as Howard Carter and Tutankhamen's tomb, the Leakey family at Olduvai Gorge, the Piltdown fraud, the MARY ROSE, and whether King Arthur really lived at South Cadbury. Then she gets into settlement patterns, aerial photography, how one selects a test site, approaches to excavation (and the current argument over whether excavations should even be undertaken in the first place), the tools of the trade (from the trowel on up), record-keeping, field conservation, and why so much time is spent grubbing around slowly in the dirt. Processing and interpretation takes us into the principles of typology and stratigraphy, radiocarbon and fission-track dating, laboratory preservation, the unique problems of industrial archaeology, and the legal problems inherent in dealing with human remains of the historical era. Finally, she discusses more abstract topics like economic prehistory, the cultural significance of certain finds, the place of religion in prehistory, migration pressures, and "archaeology in the computer age" -- some of which is already out of date.

The whole book is heavily illustrated and includes numerous sidebars on key figures in the development of the field. The style is engaging without being overly technical, which isn't easily accomplished. And the result is an absorbing overview of a fascinating subject that should lead you to a good deal of subsequent reading. I hope there will be a 3rd edition before too long.
Jane McIntosh's "The Practical Archaeologist" is a superb overview of archaeology for the lay reader. Although I don't have much of a scientific bent, I have always been fascinated by archaeology (probably too many Agatha Christie novels), and I treated myself to this many years ago to see if the real thing was as interesting as I imagined it to be. While nothing can completely convey the hard and tedious work that makes up the bulk of an archaeologist's days, McIntosh's book goes a long way towards clarifying the astonishing things all of us can learn from archaeology.
The book is arranged chronologically, beginning with a chapter providing a broad idea of what archaeology can mean and its function in modern times. From there McIntosh moves deftly to excavation, processing "finds," and analyzing them. She covers both above-ground excavations and those below-ground, and even gets into oceanic archaeology. We learn about how excavation and preservation techniques have improved, while many of the archaeologist's most treasured tools--hands, sieves, and fine brushes--have remained much the same for centuries.
This is a beautifully designed book. Color photographs, black-and-white photos, engravings, and sketches are skillfully combined with an easy-to-read text. This is an excellent introduction to archaeology for anyone who has even a remote interest in the subject--it's difficult to put down once you begin reading it. Highly recommended!
THE PRACTICAL ARCHAEOLGIST is a sound overview of the profession, from the tools used to dating methods to underwater techniques. Interpersed with the main text are intriguing sidebars about important finds - for me, the highlight of this book. Told in simple, easy to understand language, this book is geared for those with a casual interest in archaeology, or for high school students. Besides the simplicity (which may be a selling point for many), the main drawback of this book is the lack of discussion on recent finds, despite a copyright date of 1999.
If you are considering studying archaeology, or if you have a passing interest in it, you'll find this book both useful and enjoyable; however, if you crave an in-depth study of the field, look elsewhere. Without doubt, this is an excellent starting point for budding archaeologists.
My 14 year-old daughter and her friend attended a local archeology camp and this book was the "required text" for the sessions. They raved about the chapters and illustrations. I got a chance to read through it casually and decided it was worth buying to keep! It is a good overview of archeology around the world, covering many civilizations and is a pleasure to read. Lots of good pictures and photos.
Although it has a kind of "Time-Life" book glitz, the docmumentation of history and method in archaeology is useful, if not as systematic or complete as one might wish.
It covers a lot of good historical data and gives very useful
diagrams, pictures and explanations.
As a introductory read this book might be ideal.
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