HomeEasy to StartB Tech Courses III-IVHS 237 Introduction to Archaeology

Definition; the nature and aims of Archaeology; the speculative phase; digging Pompei, past and present; evolution, Darwins Great Idea; categories of Archaeological evidence, plant, animal- and human; dating- methods and chronology, relative dating methods, absolute dating methods ; brief overview on world civilizations – Egyptian, Greek, Mayan, Indus Valley, Mesopotamian and Chinese; Archaeology in action, case study on origins of rice farming in Southeast Asia; Archaeology and the public, Archaeological Ethics, the uses of the past, conservation and destruction, presentation of the past.

Texts:

1.C. Renfrew and P. Bahn, Archaeology, Thames and Hudson, London,2008.

2. A. Toynbee, A Study of History, Thames and Hudson, London,1988.

References:

1. C. Gamble, Archaeology: the basics, Routledge, New York, 2004.

2. C.J.Whithrow, Time in History: views of time from Prehistory to the present day,
O.U.P, Oxford, 1988.

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