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In the Beginning (12th Edition) Paperback – December 4, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0136026891 ISBN-10: 0136026893 Edition: 12th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 12 edition (December 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136026893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136026891
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Prentice Hall's exclusive Companion Website™ that accompanies In the Beginning: An Introduction to Archaeology, Tenth Edition, offers unique tools and support that make it easy for students and instructors to integrate this online study guide with the text. The site is a comprehensive resource that is organized according to the chapters within the text and features a variety of learning and teaching modules:

For Students:

  • Study Guide Modules contain a variety of exercises and features designed to help students with self-study. These modules include:
    • Chapter objectives that help students organize key concepts to be learned
    • Essay questions that help strengthen critical thinking skills
    • Quizzes with multiple-choice and true-false questions that supply instant scoring and feedback on student mastery of core material
    • Built-in e-mail routing option that gives students the ability to forward essay responses and graded quizzes to their instructors.
  • Reference Modules contain Web Destinations and Net Search options that provide the opportunity to expand upon the information presented in the text. Whether through a directory of websites relevant to the subject matter of a chapter or by simplifying key-term searching by automatically inserting terms from a chapter into major search engines, these reference features enable students to quickly reach related information on the web.
  • Communication Modules include tools such as Live Chat and Message Boards to facilitate online collaboration and communication.
  • Personalization Modules include our enhanced Help feature that contains a text page for browsers and plug-ins.

For Instructors:

  • Syllabus Manager™ tool provides an easy-to-follow process for creating, posting, and revising a syllabus online that is accessible from any point within the Companion Website™. This resource allows instructors and students to communicate both inside and outside of the classroom at the click of a button.

The Companion Website™ makes integrating the Internet into your course exciting and easy. Join us online at the address above and enter a new world of teaching and learning possibilities and opportunities.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Brian Fagan is a leading archaeological writer and internationally recognized authority on world prehistory. He studied archaeology and anthropology at Pembroke College and Cambridge University. He then spent seven years in sub-Saharan Africa working in museums, monument conservation, and excavating early farming sites in Zambia and East Africa. He was a pioneer of multidisciplinary African history in the 1960s. From 1967 to 2003, he was professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he specialized in lecturing and writing about archaeology to wide audiences. He is now Emeritus Professor of Anthropology.


Brian Fagan has written six best-selling textbooks (all published by Prentice Hall): Ancient Lives: An Introduction to Archaeology and Prehistory; In the Beginning, Archaeology: A Brief Introduction; World Prehistory; Ancient Civilizations (with Chris Scarre); and this volume–which are used around the world. His general books include The Rape of the Nile, a classic history of Egyptology; The Adventure of Archaeology Time Detectives; Ancient North America; The Little Ice Age; Before California: An Archaeologist Looks at Our Earliest Inhabitants; and The Long Summer. He was also General Editor of the Oxford Companion to Archaeology. In addition, he has published several scholarly monographs on African archaeology and numerous specialized articles in national and international journals. An expert on multimedia teaching, he has received the Society for American Archaeology's first Public Education Award for his indefatigable efforts on behalf of archaeology and education.


Brian Fagan's other interests include bicycling, sailing, kayaking, and good food. He is married and lives in Santa Barbara with his wife and daughter, four cats (who supervise his writing), and last but not least, a minimum of four rabbits.

More About the Author

Brian Fagan was born in England and studied archaeology at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He was Keeper of Prehistory at the Livingstone Museum, Zambia, from 1959-1965. During six years in Zambia and one in East Africa, he was deeply involved in fieldwork on multidisciplinary African history and in monuments conservation. He came to the United States in 1966 and was Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1967 to 2004, when he became Emeritus.
Since coming to Santa Barbara, Brian has specialized in communicating archaeology to general audiences through lecturing, writing, and other media. He is regarded as one of the world's leading archaeological and historical writers and is widely respected popular lecturer about the past. His many books include three volumes for the National Geographic Society, including the bestselling Adventure of Archaeology. Other works include The Rape of the Nile, a classic history of archaeologists and tourists along the Nile, and four books on ancient climate change and human societies, Floods, Famines, and Emperors (on El Niños), The Little Ice Age, and The Long Summer, an account of warming and humanity since the Great Ice Age. His most recent climatic work describes the Medieval Warm Period: The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations. His other books include Chaco Canyon: Archaeologists Explore the Lives of an Ancient Society and Fish on Friday: Feasting, Fasting, and the Discovery of the New World and Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age gave birth to the First Modern Humans. His recently published Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind extends his climatic research to the most vital of all resources for humanity.
Brian has been sailing since he was eight years old and learnt his cruising in the English Channel and North Sea. He has sailed thousands of miles in European waters, across the Atlantic, and in the Pacific. He is author of the Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California, which has been a widely used set of sailing directions since 1979. An ardent bicyclist, he lives in Santa Barbara with his life Lesley and daughter Ana.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Buhr on October 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am currently using this book as the text for a course entitled "Introduction to Archaeological Methods and Theory." I find this book to be very informative, and it adds detail to my prof's lectures quite well. It covers a broad range of topics within archaeology, without assuming that the reader knows nothing. It appears to be written with the understanding that the student will have at least a rudimentary knowledge of some of the topics presented. The only downside is that in order to do the review questions for each topic, you must access the website.

All in all, am excellent book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazonbombshell on September 4, 2001
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...It's pretty good so far. (I skip around.) Definitely basic, but a great introduction to archaeological method and history. Lots of good pictures (black and white but still good), some good charts and graphs, nice basic overview of known human cultural history, informative asides on major discoveries, new edition includes very recent discoveries and information. The writing style is clear and not overly simplistic. And the cover is beyond cool for a textbook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Qwuill~ on March 31, 2013
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I love the numerous case studies that show applications of what you are learning. It really puts perspective on the subject. The information is also very up-to-date with current theories and research.
It's a good tool to begin your understanding of archeology. It covers every aspect of the profession in depth.
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By Julia Meyers Winstead on March 11, 2014
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Teacher recommended this particular edition and it seems to have all the info needed to do well in this course.
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