Time detectives : how archeologists use technology to recapture the past

by Brian M. Fagan

Paper Book, 1995



Call number

CC175 .F34 1995


New York : Simon & Schuster, c1995.


"Today's archeologists are not treasure hunters but time detectives, utilizing advanced technology to vividly reconstruct the past from minute clues. With the focus in archeology shifting from the recovery of artifacts and antiquities to learning more about how our ancestors lived, archeologists now work in different ways. Frequently they are part of multidisciplinary teams of scientists who, for example, can reconstruct ancient diets from examination of bone collagen remains or describe millennia-old landscapes from fossilized seeds and grains. These new techniques enable us not only to better understand our past, but to better preserve it - excavations today move less earth in two years than those a couple of generations ago moved in a month." "Time Detectives takes us around the world and through more than 15,000 years of human history as we visit the sites of some of the most breathtaking and significant finds of recent years." "A fascinating journey into the world of archeology today, Time Detectives shows us not only how the past can be recaptured, but how our knowledge and understanding of the past expands our vision of human experience today."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (more)

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LibraryThing member Chris177
This book is a collection of 13 essays on modern archaeology and how technology is changing that field of study. It is also about how the use of many different scientific disciplines (scientists in different fields of study working at dig sites and in the lab) can bring out much more information
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than an archaeologist working alone with ancient artifacts. The book is divided into three sections: Hunters and Gathers, Farmers, and Civilizations, and covers discoveries from all across the world. The history of the world’s civilizations is the history of each one of us and I found each article interesting and very much worth reading. Another important aspect of this book is that we can learn so much more by working together than by working alone. An important message for the world we live in today!
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LibraryThing member AprilBrown

What ages would I recommend it too? – Twelve and up.

Length? – Several days read.

Characters? – None.

Setting? – Our world throughout history.

Written approximately? – 1995.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Ready to read more.

Any issues the author (or a more recent
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publisher) should cover? No.

Short storyline: The "Time Detectives" does an excellent job of blending storytelling how a certain set of artifacts may have come into being at a time and place in the past. Many locations throughout the world are discovered under the guidance of the author. At the end, are chapter separated sections for all of the written documents the authors used to write the chapter. Discussion of new and interesting archeological and dating techniques are discussed in chapters as relevant to the specific digs.

Notes for the reader:
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Physical description

288 p.; 25 cm


0671793853 / 9780671793852



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