Digging up the past

by Charles Leonard Woolley, 1880-

1954

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Available

Call number

CC75 .W6

Publication

Publisher Unknown

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LibraryThing member P_S_Patrick
Diggging up the past

This is a short introduction to Archaeology, explaining its purpose, cultural importance, method, and an idea of the difficulties involved and the ingenuity required for success. A good deal of the excitement of archaeology is communicated, not only from the discovery of artefacts but also in terms of the insights gained into the lives and culture of people across society in civilisations that have long ceased to exist.

Leonard Woolley was one of the major archaeologists of the early 20th century, and has plenty of first hand tales from his digs to illustrate the points made in the book. In addition to this, there are also about 30 pages of photos and drawings.
This is a well written and easy to read volume that could easily be finished in an afternoon. For anyone without expert knowledge of the topic it is a great introduction that pre-empts many of the questions that might be otherwise have been asked. As well as making me want to read more accounts of achaeological discovery, it also gave me an interest in the field work aspect that the author explains here.
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