- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 6 edition (January 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1111829993
- ISBN-13: 978-1111829995
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Archaeology 6th Edition
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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 archaeology of Wyoming's Bighorn and Absaroka Mountains, and Glacier National Park. A former president of the Society for American Archaeology and current editor of American Antiquity, Kelly has published over 100 articles and books, including The Foraging Spectrum: Diversity in Hunting and Gathering Societies (1995) and The Lifeways of Hunter-Gatherers (2013). 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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Taking Archeology 240 this Spring and this was the textbook required for the class. I preordered the Kindle version, not entirely certain it was the best idea as this is the first Kindle version of a textbook I've bought. I was pleasantly surprised. This version has full color photos, is well formatted, few if any serious typos, about 60 bucks cheaper than the physical copy as well. I can't sell it back but I don't sell back my school books so, while that may be a negative for others, for me it wasn't a huge issue.
Personally, I think this is a really solid version of this textbook, I've read about a chapter and a half and the writing is superb as well, engaging and informative.
I would certainly recommend that anyone looking for this textbook, especially this first semester since the book's newest edition release since you can't find used copies of it yet, consider the Kindle version. You will carry less books, and still have this one available on smart phone or tablet and your pc or laptop, so it seems win/win almost all the way around.
The earlier 4th Edition includes two chapters not included in the new version (Chapter 2: Archaeology, Anthropology, Science & the Humanities, Chapter 5: Doing Fieldwork: Remote Sensing & Geographic Information Systems). I'm assuming that instead of completely removing the information contained w/in these chapters, much of it was absorbed into different chapters. Chapter 6 in 4th Ed corresponds to Chapter 4 in 5th Ed, Ch 7 corresponds to Ch 5, Ch 8 corresponds to Ch 7, and so on and so forth. If you're worried about where the info from 4th Edition Chapters 2 and 5 are in the new edition, just do like me and read Ch 2 along with Ch 1, and Ch 5 along with Ch 4 and you should be fine.
Otherwise - everything in the table of contents pretty much matches up. Instead of spending anywhere from $75-100 on the 5th Edition, I bought a nice copy of the 4th for $5 bucks - yay!