Introducing Archaeology, Second Edition

By Robert J. Muckle

© 2014

Introducing Archaeology offers a lively alternative to many other texts. While covering traditional elements of archaeology, including methods and prehistory, the book also integrates the key principles of curriculum reform for the twenty-first century, as outlined by the Society for American Archaeology. The second edition highlights recent developments in the field and includes a new chapter on archaeology beyond mainstream academia. It also integrates more examples from popular culture, including mummies, tattoos, pirates, and global warming. What results is a surprisingly fresh and contemporary take on archaeology, one that situates the discipline within, but also beyond, the academy.

Introducing Archaeology is accompanied by a free website with chapter-by-chapter resources for students, including study questions. Visit www.introducingarchaeology.com. Instructor ancillaries for Introducing Archaeology include an instructor's manual, PowerPoint slides, and a testbank.

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The second edition highlights recent developments in the field and includes a new chapter on archaeology beyond mainstream academia. It also integrates more examples from popular culture, including mummies, tattoos, pirates, and global warming.

Introducing Archaeology, Second Edition

By Robert J. Muckle

© 2014

Introducing Archaeology offers a lively alternative to many other texts. While covering traditional elements of archaeology, including methods and prehistory, the book also integrates the key principles of curriculum reform for the twenty-first century, as outlined by the Society for American Archaeology. The second edition highlights recent developments in the field and includes a new chapter on archaeology beyond mainstream academia. It also integrates more examples from popular culture, including mummies, tattoos, pirates, and global warming. What results is a surprisingly fresh and contemporary take on archaeology, one that situates the discipline within, but also beyond, the academy.

Introducing Archaeology is accompanied by a free website with chapter-by-chapter resources for students, including study questions. Visit www.introducingarchaeology.com. Instructor ancillaries for Introducing Archaeology include an instructor's manual, PowerPoint slides, and a testbank.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.5in x 0.8in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    Bob Muckle's Introducing Archaeology is a comprehensive overview of the discipline that is written with attention to student interests and needs. The book's content is balanced effectively between the nature of archaeological practice and the processes and products of archaeological interpretation. Students will come away with a sense of disciplinary history, an understanding of core issues of archaeological interest, and an appreciation for the social contexts of contemporary archaeological practice.
    Jane Baxter, DePaul University

    In this intelligent, very readable text, Muckle exposes students to a subject that is likely very different from what they imagine. Whether it's an archaeology of five minutes ago, or thousands of years distant, he clearly explains how archaeologists think, all the while managing to keep the 'romance' intact.
    Larry J. Zimmerman, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

    Comprehensive, practical, modern, and humorous: Muckle has written a textbook that conveys all of the excitement, uncertainty, and deep insight that accompanies that wonderful and complicated thing we call archaeology. This is the perfect example of how archaeology can be presented to students in an accessible and inviting way while maintaining intellectual integrity.
    Jason De Leon, University of Michigan

    The writing style and reasonable price are enough to recommend the book, but I use this text in my first-year class because, unlike most introductory texts, it emphasizes the social context of archaeology. Muckle explores the discipline's ethical responsibilities, shows how archaeology is influenced by and can influence contemporary politics, and documents the many ways in which a critically engaged archaeology can make a positive social contribution in the present. This aspect of the book has been expanded in the final chapter of the second edition and cements Introducing Archaeology as my 'go to' text for first-year teaching.
    Lisa Hodgetts, University of Western Ontario
  • Author Information

    Robert J. Muckle is Professor of Anthropology at Capilano University.
  • Table of contents

    List of Figures
    List of Tables
    List of Text Boxes
    Note to Instructors
    Note to Students
    Acknowledgements
    About the Author

    1. Situating Archaeology
    Introduction
    Images of Archaeology
    Defining Archaeology
    A Scholarly Endeavor, a Profession, and a Craft
    Archaeology versus Archeology
    Contextualizing Archaeology
    Rationalizing Archaeology
    Basic Concepts in Archaeology
    Key Resources and Suggested Reading

    2. Looking at Archaeology's Past
    Introduction
    From the Ancient Philosophers to the End of the Eighteenth Century
    Archaeology in the Nineteenth Century
    From 1900 Onward
    Key Resources and Suggested Reading

    3. Managing Archaeology in the Early Twenty-First Century
    Introduction
    The Four Major Types of Archaeology
    Subfields of Archaeology
    National and International Heritage Management
    Ethics and Archaeology
    Career Tracks in Archaeology
    Sharing Information
    Key Resources and Suggested Reading

    4. Comprehending the Archaeological Record
    Introduction
    Defining the Archaeological Record and Its Components
    Creating Archaeological Sites
    Understanding Bias in the Preservation of Material Remains
    Site Disturbance
    Key Resources and Suggested Reading

    5. Working in the Field
    Introduction
    Designing Archaeological Field Projects
    Discovering Archaeological Sites
    Excavation
    Field Laboratories
    Ethnoarchaeology and Experimental Archaeology: Research Design and Field Methods
    Hazards of Fieldwork
    Key Resources and Suggested Reading

    6. Working in the Laboratory
    Introduction
    Laboratory Processes
    Artifact Analysis
    Ecofact Analysis
    Analysis of Human Remains
    Using DNA in Archaeology
    Key Resources and Suggested Reading

    7. Reconstructing Culture History
    Introduction
    Determining Antiquity
    Conceptualizing Time
    World Prehistory
    Ancient Civilizations
    Key Resources and Suggested Reading

    8. Reconstructing Ecological Adaptations
    Introduction
    Reconstructing Palaeoenvironments
    Reconstructing Settlement Patterns
    Reconstructing Subsistence Strategies
    Distinguishing Wild Plants and Animals from Domestic
    Reconstructing Diet
    Key Resources and Suggested Reading

    9. Reconstructing the Social and Ideological Aspects of Cultures
    Introduction
    Reconstructing Inequality
    Reconstructing Types of Societies
    Reconstructing Identity
    Reconstructing Ideology
    Key Resources and Suggested Reading

    10. Explaining Things of Archaeological Interest
    Introduction
    Three Levels of Archaeological Research
    Mechanisms of Culture Change
    Conceptual Frameworks
    Explaining the Transition to Food Production
    Explaining the Collapse of Civilizations
    Understanding Bias in Archaeological Explanations
    Evaluating Competing Explanations
    Key Resources and Suggested Reading

    11. The Archaeology of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
    The Current State of Archaeology
    Archaeologies of the Contemporary
    Archaeology, Climate Change, and Sustainability
    Predicting the Future of Archaeology
    Final Comments
    Key Resources and Suggested Reading

    Glossary
    Bibliography
    Index

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