Approach to archaeology

by Stuart Piggott




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LibraryThing member P_S_Patrick
This is a short introduction to Archaeology, at 150 pages. It sets out the general aims and methods of archaeology as a discipline, including its overlap and utilisation of neighbouring disciplines including geology, botany, and zoology. It emphasizes the differences in archeology when it is concerned with pre-historic vs historic civilisations, as well as the challenges involved in establishing chronologies and time lines.
While this is a good and readable introduction to archaeology, which covers many important aspects of the subject, I found it slightly less enjoyable than Leonard Wooley's introduction "Digging up the Past" due to his better communication of the excitement and intellectual rewards of archeology. There is some overlap between these volumes in content, however this book is slightly more recent and does cover some additional areas such as dating using pollen.
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