The Concise Encyclopedia of Archaeology

The Concise Encyclopedia of Archaeology

The Concise Encyclopedia of Archaeology

The Concise Encyclopedia of Archaeology

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Interest in archaeology is keener and more widespread now than at any time in the past; so much so that the dividing-line separating the specialist and the "general reader" is narrowing. Newspaper articles and many popular books keep the reader informed of the latest archaeological techniques and discoveries. The result is that the intelligent amateur wants to know more and more, and is sometimes prepared to wrestle with serious professional works which may occasionally take him out of his depth.

This book has been compiled to help such enthusiasts. If, in the course of his study, a reader comes upon a passing reference to, say, Tolund Man or the Tassili Frescos, he can find out more about them here. If he is interested in the lives and personalities of great archaeologists, he will find biographies of such men as Sir Flinders Petrie, Mariette Pasha, Sir Arthur Evans and the Abbé Breuil, to name a few. If his interest is in particular regions, there are long articles on the archaeology of Egypt, east and west Africa, the eastern and western Mediterranean, and other areas. If he wants to know more about how objects are dated, or how stone tools are identified and classified he will find the appropriate articles. A great many archaeological discoveries are described, such as the Tomb of Tutankhamun, Ur of the Chaldees, Alaca Höyük, Jericho, and Knossos. There are articles on places and peoples, cities and civilizations, tombs and techniques, ancient languages and their decipherment. Each article is written by an acknowledged authority on the subject, and the field covered is world-wide, from China to Mexico, from northern Europe to southern Africa.

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