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ISBN-10 0205966667ISBN-13 9780205966660
ISBN-10 0205966586ISBN-13 9780205966585
Author(s): Brian M. Fagan; Nadia Durrani
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2014 Pages: 504

Introduce archaeology, its methods and theories, and its importance today.

In the Beginning introduces the history and methods of archaeology and its significance today. It contains clear exposition of Archeology's basic principles in combination with numerous examples from all over the world. Authors Brian Fagan and Nadia Durrani discuss archaeological concepts and procedures and show how archaeologists describe cultures as part of time and space to interpret the prehistoric past.

The book provides a comprehensive summary of the field for people who have little or no experience with it. In the Beginning uses an international perspective throughout while outlining the basic principles, methods, and theoretical approaches of modern archaeology.

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Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Understand the importance and range of archaeology in contemporary society.

  • Understand the goals of archaeology and why cultural heritage is important in today’s world.

  • Have achieved an understanding of the basic principles and methods of archaeological research from an international and multicultural perspective.

  • Be able to analyze and critique basic archaeological theory.

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