Designed as a supplement to introductory texts in archaeology, Reading Archaeology offers selections from scholarly journals and books as well as from semi-scientific periodicals and the popular press. Readings are chosen based on their potential to stimulate student interest and introduce a diversity of archaeological literature in all its major forms.
Reading Archaeology pairs well with Muckle's core text, Introducing Archaeology, which uses the same thematic organization, but can easily be used with any other introductory archaeology text.
Introduction: Recognizing and Reading Archaeological Literature
Part 1: Situating Archaeology: Past and Present
Lewis Henry Morgan
""The Curse of the Curse of the Pharoahs""
""From Theory to Theme Parks and the Man on the Moon: Archaeology in Contemporary Academia, Industry, and Popular Culture""
Robert J. Muckle
""Garbology: The Archaeology of Fresh Garbage""
""Using the Past to Protect the Future: Marking Nuclear Waste Disposal Sites""
Maureen F. Kaplan and Mel Adams
""Identifying Victims after a Disaster""
""The Craft of Archaeology""
Michael Shanks and Randall H. McGuire
Part 2: Ethics, Legislation, and Intellectual Property Rights
""Private Property—National Legacy""
""Can You Dig It? The Growing Importance of Ethical Considerations is Transforming Archaeology""
""Society for American Archaeology Principles of Archaeological Ethics""
Society for American Archaeology
""Copyrighting the Past? Emerging Intellectual Property Rights Issues in Archaeology""
George P. Nicholas and Kelly P. Bannister
Part 3: Working in the Field and Laboratory
""Historical Archaeology Methods: Much More Than Digging with Small Tools""
Kelly J. Dixon
""Looking for Sites in All the Right Places""
Ronald D. Lippi
""Studying Archaeological Fieldwork in the Field: Views from Monte Polizzo""
""Notes on the Life History of a Pot Sherd""
""Microwear Polishes on Early Stone Tools from Koobi Fora, Kenya""
Lawrence H. Keeley and Nicholas Toth
""Pottery and Its History""
Prudence M. Rice
Part 4: Reconstructing Culture History and Past Lifeways
""Chronology and the Human Narrative""
""Archaeology and Age of a New Hominin from Flores in Eastern Indonesia""
M.J. Morwood et al.
""Gender in Inuit Burial Practices""
Barbara A. Crass
""Women and Men at Catalhoyuk""
""African American Ethnicity""
Lawrence E. Babits, Joshua B. Howard, and Matthew Brenckle
""The Archaeology of Religion""
Part 5: Explaining Things of Archaeological Interest
""The Epistemology of Archaeology""
""The Ancient Maya and the Political Present""
Richard R. Wilk
""War in the Southwest, War in the World""
Steven H. Lekson
""Were Luxury Foods the First Domesticates? Ethnoarchaeological Perspectives from Southeast Asia""
""The Maya Collapses""
Appendix: Periodicals of Interest to Archaeologists
This thoughtfully assembled collection of readings provides students with an accessible introduction to the intellectual richness of archaeology today. Brief introductions and study questions accompany each article providing excellent guidance to the reader.Michael Chazan, University of Toronto
Reading Archaeology is so well conceived and constructed that it can stand alone as an effective source for understanding archaeology with both depth and breadth. Unlike most readers, or even many texts, Muckle provides an interesting historical development of the field in context with well-chosen illustrative readings. He offers a striking view of the great diversity in sub-field concentration, as well as contrasting perspectives involved in the discipline. I recommend this reader for optimal use with his new and equally outstanding text, Introducing Archaeology, which follows the same strong construction. However, I also plan to use its sound pedagogy as a teaching guide for new social science professors! Not many archaeology books are as useful and well written, with both faculty and student in mind.Mark Lewine, Cuyahoga Community College, and Carnegie Associate Professor of the Year, 2006