This book examines the interplay between astronomy and dynastic power in the course of ancient Egyptian history, focusing on the fundamental role of astronomy in the creation of the pyramids and the monumental temple and burial complexes. Bringing to bear the analytical tools of archaeoastronomy, a set of techniques and methods that enable modern scholars to better understand the thought, religion and science of early civilizations, Giulio Magli provides in-depth analyses of the pyramid complex
Books tell stories about our lifeworld. In this book Jan Coetzee invites us to critically inquire into the aims, the content, and the context of the stories contained in a collection of old books from an old world.
This book provides a short, readable introduction to historical archaeology, which focuses on modern history in all its fascinating regional, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Accessibly covering key methods and concepts, including fundamental theories and principles, the history of the field, and basic definitions, Historical Archaeology also includes a practical look at career prospects for interested readers. Orser discusses central topics of archaeological research such as time and space, sur
Why are so many people fascinated by treasure? Is it purely a desire for wealth or is it, also, the romantic appeal of tales of lost ancient artifacts? It is certainly true that the stories behind the loss and recovery of a number of ancient treasures read like edge-of-the-seat fiction, somewhere between Indiana Jones and James Bond. In ANCIENT TREASURES, you will read fascinating stories of lost hoards, looted archaeological artifacts and sunken treasures, including: * The Sevso Treasure, a h
The explorations of archaeology encompass the whole globe, survey 2.5 million years, and range from deserts to jungles, from deep caves to mountain tops, and from pebble tools to GPS. Its efforts to reconstruct and understand the past do not fail to fascinate us. Paul Bahn explores the importance of archaeology in this entertaining introduction.
Europe is, in world terms, a relatively minor peninsula attached to the Eurasian land mass, yet it became one of the most innovative regions on the planet. This title sees Europe not in terms of states and shifting land boundaries, but as a geographical niche particularly favoured in facing many seas.
Covers the last 2000 years in Southern Africa. This work outlines essential topics such as settlement organisation, stonewalled patterns, ritual residues, long-distance trade and ancient mining. It also presents a comprehensive culture-history sequence through ceramic analyses, showing distributions, stylistic types and characteristic pieces.
Part of a series of short books on South Africa's World Heritage Sites, this guide to Sterkfontein provides an overview of the geological and fossil history of the Sterkfontein Valley. It also presents the remarkable record contained in the Sterkfontein Caves, comprising thousands of animal, plant and hominid fossils.
The new edition details key advances in the field related to lithic debitage analysis and lithic tool analysis since publication of the first edition in 1998. It includes new sections on stone tool functional studies, microdebitage analysis and minimal analytical nodule analysis.
Between AD 900 and 1300, the Shashe-Limpopo basin in Limpopo Province witnessed the development of an ancient civilisation. Like civilisations everywhere, it consisted of a complex social organisation supported by intensive agriculture and long-distance trade.