The Oxford Companion to Archaeology (Oxford Companions) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195076189
ISBN-10: 0195076184
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Editorial Reviews

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Editor Fagan (Ancient Civilizations, Addison Wesley, 1996) is well known for his publications, which elucidate the development and character of archaeology. In this encyclopedic companion, Fagan has created an impressive work of approximately 700 entries. There is little to fault in its coverage of human fossils, historical sites, geographical areas, and the people, history, theory, and substance of archaeology. Some topics, however, lack a bibliography or receive skimpy coverage. A list of the entries, although lengthy, would have been helpful to the user, who must rely on the index to find a starting point. There are no references to the maps and tables from the relevant entries. Moreover, maps and tables are not numbered, and their order and purpose are not always apparent. Despite these minor faults, the work is authoritative, well written, and the only recent work of its kind. This companion fills a gap in the reference literature for archaeology and should be purchased for all reference collections.?Joyce L. Ogburn, Old Dominion Univ. Lib., Norfolk, Va.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Fagan demonstrates that archaeology's advance from hobby to science was recorded by practitioners who could write well. In this collection, he features pieces notable for their vividness in expressing, above all, that moment of Eureka! Often he refers to his selections as "classics," which few fascinated with the subject will dispute: finding the Lucy hominid, Tutankhamen's tomb, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and more. Fagan's knowledgeable comments on the excerpts contrast Victorian approaches to archaeology, criticized as looting fests dressed up as picnics, with later systematic excavation methods, in which the goal was less to find the king's gold than to find clues revealing the life of the surrounding society. But this editor's touch is unabashedly popular; as impresario he has booked some of the more entertaining acts in the biz. A strong supporting title for active archaeology collections. Gilbert Taylor

Product details

  • Item Weight : 3.85 pounds
  • Hardcover : 864 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0195076184
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0195076189
  • Product Dimensions : 9.97 x 7.92 x 2 inches
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press; 1st Edition (December 5, 1996)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 21 ratings
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