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By T. Douglas Price, Gary Feinman

This good illustrated, full-color, site-by-site survey of prehistory captures the preferred curiosity, pleasure, and visible beauty of archaeology because it presents perception into the learn, interpretations, and theoretical topics within the box. the hot variation keeps the authors' cutting edge suggestions to 2 principal difficulties of the path: first, the textual content keeps to target approximately eighty websites, giving scholars much less encyclopedic element yet crucial insurance of the discoveries that experience produced the foremost insights into prehistory; moment, it remains to be prepared into essays on websites and ideas, permitting professors entire flexibility in organizing their classes.

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Qxd 10/1/09 7:46 AM Page 27 Our theories and ideas are basically attempts to explain what took place in the past. The hard part of archaeology is connecting the facts (data) and the ideas (theories) to better understand what happened. The process of asking and trying to answer questions is essentially the process of learning. What makes archaeology science is rigorously testing or evaluating the answers to be confident that they are not wrong. Aspects of Society and Behavior The kinds of questions that archaeologists ask about past societies in general terms involve concepts such as technology, economy, organization, and ideology.

Bioarchaeologists are often trained in both archaeology and biological anthropology; they describe and interpret the human bones and teeth that may be found. Paleoanthropologists are archaeologists and physical anthropologists focused on the very earliest human fossils and artifacts. Geoarchaeologists and micromorphologists investigate the geological setting of sites and the details of the sediments encasing archaeological remains. Archaeometrists date those remains and undertake the chemical characterization of prehistoric materials to learn about their composition and source.

These individuals were beheaded and buried with a bad view. qxd 10/1/09 7:46 AM Page 23 Burials and human bones are a special category of feature often found at archaeological sites. 25). Simple inhumations represent the laid-out burial of the whole body. Such graves usually contain an articulated skeleton with all the bones in their correct anatomical positions. Secondary burials are the result of burial of some of the skeleton, after the flesh and soft tissue have disappeared. Usually, the skull and the larger bones are present, often in a small pile or bundle.

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