"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
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
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.
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