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The Past in the Present: An Introduction to Archaeology

Author(s): Travis Stanton, Kenichiro Tsukamoto

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2021

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The Past in the Present: An Introduction to Archaeology is an introductory text on archaeology as a profession. While the authors use numerous examples of archaeological research throughout the world to illustrate how and why archaeologists perform research, this is not just a book about past societies. Instead, this book leads readers to be aware of the significance of archaeology in our society, covering ethics, the history of the field, theory, and method from the perspective that the creation of narratives concerning the past has a substantial impact on present day societies.

Printed in color and containing numerous technical drawings to illustrate concepts and methods The Past in the Present: An Introduction to Archaeology:

  • Is organized thematically to cover the importance of the past in the present, the ethics of performing archaeology, the history of the field, theory, and method.
  • Includes not only previous archaeological data recovered from past researchers, but also recent research data and methods provided by the authors.
  • Is linked to a web platform that contains instructor resources such as PowerPoint presentations and quiz and exam questions, as well as flashcards for students.

To further engage students beyond the textbook while meeting the increasing demand for hybrid and fully online courses, the package now includes access to WebCOM, an online supplement.  These fully-customizable web resources can be tailed to meet your personal instruction needs.  Website resources include interactive flash cards, PowerPoint presentations, lecture presentations (lectures recorded via Zoom, quiz and exam questions written by the author that can be appended with your own questions, and a gradebook that can be easily exported for uploading into any LMS. 

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION
Archaeology as Anthropology
Archaeology as Science
The Time Frame of Archaeology
The Past in the Present
Change over Time
Working in Archaeology
Summary
Bibliography

Chapter 2 GOALS, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND ETHICS IN ARCHAEOLOGY
Major Goals in the Field
Heritage, Preservation, and “Control of the Past”
Concluding Comments: Ethics and Interpretation
Bibliography

Chapter 3 THE EMERGENCE OF ARCHAEOLOGY
Early Origins of a Professional Archaeology
Antiquarians and the Speculative Period
European Colonial Expansion
The Impact of Geology
The Contribution of Naturalists
Darwin and Natural Selection
Nationalism and the Emergence of Professional Archaeology
Bibliography

Chapter 4 THE RISE OF MODERN ARCHAEOLOGY
The Era of Culture History
Glimmers of a Scientific Archaeology
The New Archaeology
Postprocessualism
Choosing Theoretical Frameworks
Bibliography

Chapter 5 STARTING A PROJECT
Research Design
Previous Research
Sampling Strategies
Permission and Funding
Building an Archaeological Team
Logistics, Camp, and Provisions
Final Comments
Bibliography

Chapter 6 SURVEY AND MAPPING
Archaeological Survey
Defining Research Scale
Site Location
Mapping
3D Modeling
Surface Collections
Geographic Information Systems
Concluding Remarks
Bibliography

Chapter 7 EXCAVATION AND STRATIGRAPHY
Preparation for Excavation
Types of Excavations
Key Concepts
Provenience Control in the Field
Recovering Data during Excavations
Documentation
Stratigraphy
Formation Processes
Concluding Remarks
Bibliography

Chapter 8 DATING
Relative Dating
Chronometric Dating
Concluding Remarks
Bibliography

Chapter 9 ENVIRONMENT AND PRESERVATION
Reconstructing Ancient Environments
Preservation
Concluding Remarks
Bibliography

Chapter 10 MAKING SENSE OF THINGS: MATERIALS AND ARTIFACT ANALYSIS
Typology
Analogy and Interpretation
General Methods for Artifact Analysis
Artifact Biographies
Artifact Classes and Analysis
Final Comments
Bibliography

Chapter 11 FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE PAST: OSTEOLOGICAL AND MORTUARY ANALYSIS
Who Studies Human Remains? Archaeology, Bioarchaeology, and Bioanthropology
Paleodemography
Mortuary Contexts
Bibliography

Chapter 12 SETTLEMENT, SUBSISTENCE, AND EXCHANGE
Settlement Archaeology
Subsistence
Exchange
Final Comments
Bibliography

Chapter 13 MEANING IN ARCHAEOLOGY
Ideology and Symbolism
The Past in the Present: The Meaning of Archaeology in Contemporary Societies
Bibliography

Travis Stanton

Kenichiro Tsukamoto

The Past in the Present: An Introduction to Archaeology is a very satisfying read and is an excellent introduction to archaeology for any undergraduate in the US and overseas.
Gabriel Prieto | Assistant Professor
University of Florida

The Past in the Present: An Introduction to Archaeology is easy to read, contains clear explanations of concepts, has nice visuals, and is tied to real world events and challenges. I think students would like this book and I found it useful for potential class instruction.
Sharyn Jones | Professor
Northern Kentucky University

The Past in the Present: An Introduction to Archaeology is a great book, from my perspective, and a wonderful chapter! Its supplemental materials are VAST and high quality. This is more than what is typically provided by textbook publishers or authors. These materials could also easily be adapted to fit instructor's desired curriculum.
Kirby Farah | Assistant Professor
Gettysburg College

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