Archaeology: Down to Earth by David Hurst Thomas, Robert L. Kelly

By David Hurst Thomas, Robert L. Kelly

This new short variation pairs of archaeology's such a lot famous names -- David Hurst Thomas of the yank Museum of normal background and Robert L. Kelly of the collage of Wyoming. Their well-chosen examples exhibit how archaeologists have labored via real difficulties within the box and within the lab. After utilizing this publication, readers can be greater in a position to ask questions, clear up difficulties, and determine "truth" from "fiction." they are going to find out about the character of archaeological facts and the way archaeologists do things like archaeological survey and excavation. additionally they will strengthen their experience of medical common sense and achieve a greater knowing of profession possibilities to be had to archaeologists. This edition's better full-color layout improves the visible presentation and permits clients to extra sincerely see the foremost issues of a picture. A wealthy array of supplemental assets features a new better half site, in addition to the choice to take advantage of the Doing Fieldwork: Archaeological Demonstrations CD-ROM, model 2.0, additionally constructed through the authors. to be had with InfoTrac pupil Collections

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But with Napoleon’s entry into Italy, Belzoni found his opportunities curtailed and he left, eventually settling in England in 1802. More than six and a half feet tall, with a broad, powerful torso, his physique earned him employment as a circus strongman. Billed as the “Patagonian Sampson,” he traveled England and Ireland lifting heavy weights, carrying a dozen men nightly around the stage, and, using his engineering knowledge, creating stage shows featuring jets of flame and water. In 1812, Belzoni took his show on the road, leaving England to perform in Portugal, Spain, Sicily, and eventually the island of Malta.

An inveterate wanderer, he left again in 1823, to seek the origin of the Nile, but was felled by dysentery, and died in Benin. Why do we remember Belzoni, and not his rivals in what is now known as “the rape of the Nile”? Belzoni’s methods were destructive enough to make modern archaeologists cringe. Once, crawling nearly naked through a mummy- Copyright 2012 Cengage Learning. All Rights Reserved. May not be copied, scanned, or duplicated, in whole or in part. Due to electronic rights, some third party content may be suppressed from the eBook and/or eChapter(s).

Valuable information was lost by such carelessness. And no archaeologist today would so thoughtlessly remove another country’s cultural heritage. But Belzoni stands out because he bothered to take notes and to make illustrations and observations of the places he visited. To be sure, the antiquities were first on his mind, but he, and some other antiquarians, were also interested in what those things had to tell us. There was no professional archaeology at the time; there were no excavation manuals, no national laws protecting antiquities, and no idea that crucial knowledge was being lost.

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