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Author Fagan, Brian M.

Title Time detectives : how archeologists use technology to recapture the past / by Brian Fagan
Published New York ; London : Simon & Schuster, 1995


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 MELB  930.1 Fag/Tdh  AVAILABLE
Description 288 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents Preface: A Diamond Complete -- Introduction: From Diggers to Time Detectives -- Ch. 1. The Inconspicuous Oasis -- Ch. 2. "Where He Got His Head Smashed In" -- Ch. 3. The Chumash -- Ch. 4. Abu Hureyra on the Euphrates -- Ch. 5. Anasazi -- Ch. 6. The Enigma of Flag Fen -- Ch. 7. Searching for Eden -- Ch. 8. Vintages of Pharaohs -- Ch. 9. Uluburun -- Ch. 10. Glyphs of the Forest -- Ch. 11. Footplows and Raised Fields -- Ch. 12. A Wall Against Barbarians -- Ch. 13. Annapolis, Maryland
Summary A fascinating journey into the world of archeology today, Time Detectives shows us not only how the past can be recaptured, but how our knowledge and understanding of the past expands our vision of human experience today
Today's archeologists are not treasure hunters but time detectives, utilizing advanced technology to vividly reconstruct the past from minute clues. With the focus in archeology shifting from the recovery of artifacts and antiquities to learning more about how our ancestors lived, archeologists now work in different ways. Frequently they are part of multidisciplinary teams of scientists who, for example, can reconstruct ancient diets from examination of bone collagen remains or describe millennia-old landscapes from fossilized seeds and grains. These new techniques enable us not only to better understand our past, but to better preserve it - excavations today move less earth in two years than those a couple of generations ago moved in a month. Time Detectives takes us around the world and through more than 15,000 years of human history as we visit the sites of some of the most breathtaking and significant finds of recent years
Notes Cover subtitle: Archeology : revealing the mysteries
Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographic references and index
Subject Archaeology -- History.
Archaeology -- Technological innovations.
LC no. 94032458
ISBN 0671712470
0684818280 (paperback)
Other Titles Archeology : revealing the mysteries
Archeology: revealing the mysteries