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"It is well-written, easy to read, comprehensive, accurate, up-to-date, and the concepts are explained in a generally fun manner. I very much liked the fresh (new to this text) perspective and examples provided by Kelly."

About the Author

Robert L. Kelly began collecting arrowheads in farmers' fields when he was 10 years old. He has participated in archaeological research since 1973, when he was a sophomore in high school. He has worked on excavations in North and South America and conducted ethnographic research in Madagascar. He currently is conducting research into the Paleo-Indian archaeology of Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains. A former president of the Society for American Archaeology and a past secretary of the Archaeology Division of the American Anthropological Association, Kelly has published nearly 100 articles and books, including the 1996 Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book THE FORAGING SPECTRUM: DIVERSITY IN HUNTING AND GATHERING SOCIETIES. Dr. Kelly has been a professor at the University of Wyoming since 1997.

David Hurst Thomas has served as Curator of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City since 1972. A specialist in Native American archaeology, Thomas discovered both Gatecliff Shelter (Nevada) and the lost 16th- and 17th-century Franciscan mission Santa Catalina de Guale on St. Catherine's Island, Georgia. He has led the long-term excavation of Mission San Marcos near Santa Fe (New Mexico) and recently returned to St. Catherine's Island for long-term archaeological exploration. A founding trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian since 1989, Thomas has published extensively. His works include 100 papers and 30 books -- most recently, the bestselling Skull Wars: Kennewick Man, Archaeology, and The Battle for Native American Identity. Archaeologist Thomas likes "old stuff," including his 1961 Corvette, his 130-year-old house, and the Oakland Raiders.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 4th edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495814091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495814092
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine Johnson on July 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm taking this class via independent study and this book is a great read! It does not read like the normal text books at all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By noname on February 9, 2011
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The book is a magazine style college book. The magazine style seemed weird at first but has actually been easy to carry & I've enjoyed reading it more than some of my other books because of the format. The information is good and a very basic introduction to Archaeology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gothica0904 on October 3, 2010
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Archaeology: Down to Earth
This book is targeted for a college audience and is quite descriptive of what terms are important and what to look at in the field. Would recommend it to any college professor or student.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the6thj on January 5, 2014
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I took an Archaeology class as a blow-off class basically, but I really enjoyed reading this book and found that Archaeology is in fact interesting and all around us!
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