7th Edition

Robert L. Kelly, David Hurst Thomas

ISBN-13: 9781305670402 | ISBN-10: 130567040x

Copyright 2017

| Published 2016

| 512 pages

List Price USD $164.95


The seventh edition of ARCHAEOLOGY reflects the most recent research and changes in the field, while making core concepts easy to understand through an engaging writing style, personalized examples, and high-interest topics. This text pairs two of archaeology's most recognized names, Robert L. Kelly and David Hurst Thomas, who together have over 75 years of experience leading excavations.

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Meet the Authors

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Robert L. Kelly began collecting arrowheads in farmers' fields when he was 10 years old. He has participated in archaeological research since 1973, when he was a sophomore in high school. He has worked on excavations in North and South America and conducted ethnographic research in Madagascar. He currently is conducting research into the archaeology of Wyoming's Bighorn and Absaroka Mountains, and Glacier National Park. A former president of the Society for American Archaeology and current editor of American Antiquity, Kelly has published over 100 articles and books, including The Foraging Spectrum: Diversity in Hunting and Gathering Societies (1995) and The Lifeways of Hunter-Gatherers (2013). Dr. Kelly has been a professor at the University of Wyoming since 1997.

David Hurst Thomas has served as curator of anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City since 1972. A specialist in Native American archaeology, Thomas discovered both Gatecliff Shelter (Nevada) and the lost 16th- and 17th-century Franciscan mission Santa Catalina de Guale on St. Catherine's Island, Georgia. He has led the long-term excavation of Mission San Marcos near Santa Fe (New Mexico) and recently returned to St. Catherine's Island for long-term archaeological exploration. A founding trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian since 1989, Thomas has published extensively. His works include 100 papers and 30 books -- most recently, the bestselling Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archaeology, and The Battle for Native American Identity. Archaeologist Thomas likes "old stuff," including his 1961 Corvette, his 130-year-old house, and the Oakland Raiders.

  • Several examples have been updated, including new work on Stonehenge, Dorset cosmology, the early 20th century Ludlow coal mine massacre, challenges of global climate change, and Catal Huyuk.
  • The seventh edition reflects the most recent research and changes in the field, while making core concepts easy to understand through an engaging writing style.
  • Learning aids, including the numbered learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, bulleted summaries at the end of each chapter, and running glossaries, help students master the key concepts of this complex, fascinating discipline, while a chapter-by-chapter bibliography provides an easy way to find references and additional resources on each chapter's subjects.
  • The full-color design presents a dynamic and engaging visual presentation that enables students to clearly see the key points of every image.
  • In Chapter 1, coverage of archaeological contributions concludes with a discussion of job trajectories in today's archaeology.
  • "Profile of An Archaeologist" and "In His/Her Own Words" boxes emphasize the diversity of today's working archaeologists and illustrate in a personalized way the varied ways in which archaeologists make a living.
  • "Looking Closer" sidebars cover ancillary topics in each chapter, including suggestions for equipment needed for survey and excavation, descriptions of other relevant courses, how archaeological sites get their names, and personal glimpses into fieldwork such as surveying and ethnoarchaeology.
  • The text's geographic coverage provides a balance of new world and old world examples, including work in the eastern United States, Central and South America, Egypt and the Near East, Madagascar, France, Australia, Micronesia, and other places that inspire classroom discussions of research projects around the world.
  • "What Does it Mean to Me?" features address contemporary issues that are relevant to students, about which archaeology can shed light, such as climate change and human alteration of the environment.
  • Carefully selected full-color photographs and figures give students a visual sense of case studies and act as integrated pedagogical aids to the text.
  • Substantive examples present discussions of archaeological objects in context, so students learn about the significance of objects and why archaeologists do what they do, rather than memorize a laundry list of facts.

Table of Contents

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1. Meet Some Real Archaeologists.
2. The Structure of Archaeological Inquiry.
3. Doing Fieldwork: Surveying for Archaeological Sites.
4. Doing Fieldwork: Why Archaeologists Dig Square Holes.
5. Geoarchaeology and Site Formation Processes.
6. Chronology Building: How to Get a Date.
7. The Dimensions of Archaeology: Time, Space, and Form.
8. Taphonomy, Experimental Archaeology, and Ethnoarchaeology.
9. People, Plants, and Animals in the Past.
10. Bioarchaeological Approaches to the Past.
11. Reconstructing Social and Political Systems of the Past.
12. The Archaeology of the Mind.
13. Understanding Key Transitions in World Prehistory.
14. Historical Archaeology: Insights on American History.
15. Caring for Our Cultural Heritage.
16. Archaeology's Future.
Photo Credits.

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