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The Great Archaeologists

Brian Fagan

Published by Thames & Hudson
ISBN 10: 050005181X / ISBN 13: 9780500051818
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Title: The Great Archaeologists

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Binding: Hardcover

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Organized into six thematic sections, this title gives short, vivid biographies and fresh assessments of the achievements of 70 of the worlds greatest practitioners, written by a 40-strong team of contributors, themselves all eminent archaeologists and authors. It is suitable for those fascinated by the human past and its discovery. Editor(s): Fagan, Brian. Num Pages: 304 pages, 201 illustrations, 188 in colour. BIC Classification: BGH; HD. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 253 x 191 x 33. Weight in Grams: 1184. . 2014. 1st Edition. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780500051818

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Synopsis: Organized into six thematic sections, The Great Archaeologists gives short, vivid biographies and fresh assessments of the achievements of 70 of the worlds greatest practitioners, written by a 40-strong team of contributors, themselves all eminent archaeologists and authors. All these archaeologists very different individuals, and often in deep disagreement with one another have established the subject as a scientific discipline and vastly broadened and deepened our knowledge of the human past. Authoritative and entertaining, this is a book for anyone fascinated by the human past and its discovery.

Table of Contents

The Antiquity of Humankind
William Stukeley 16871765
Blending Romance and Science

Christian Ju?rgensen Thomsen 17881865 &Jens Jacob Asmussen Worsaae 182185
The Three Age System

Jacques Boucher de Perthes 17881868
Humanitys High Antiquity

Gabriel de Mortillet 182198
Classifying Human Cultural Evolution

Oscar Montelius 18431921
Developing Accurate Chronologies

Sanz de Sautuola 183188 & Henri Breuil 18771961
Finding the Earliest Art

Discoverers of Ancient Civilizations
Johann Joachim Winckelmann 171768
Father of Classical Archaeology

Giovanni Battista Belzoni 17781823
Exploring Ancient Egypt

Karl Richard Lepsius 181084
Documenting the Pharaohs

Auguste Mariette 182181
Protecting Egypts Heritage

John Lloyd Stephens 180552 & Frederick Catherwood 17991854
Revealing Maya Civilization

Austen Henry Layard 181794
Nimrud, Nineveh and Babylon

Heinrich Schliemann 182290 & Sophia Schliemann 18521932
Searching for Homers World

Alfred Maudslay 18501931
Exploring Maya Cities

Robert Koldewey 18551925
Nebuchadnezzars Babylon

Arthur Evans 18511941
Excavator of Minoan Knossos

Max Uhle 18561944
Explorer of the Peruvian Past

Aurel Stein 18621943
Archaeology and Adventure in Central Asia

Gertrude Bell 18681926
Desert Traveller in Arabia and Iraq

Howard Carter 18741939
Finding Tutankhamun

John Marshall 18761958
Indus Civilization Revealed

Alfonso Caso 18961970 & Ignacio Bernal 191092
Unearthing Precolumbian Mexico

Matthew Stirling 18961975
Discoverer of the Olmecs

Gertrude Caton-Thompson 18881985
Great Zimbabwe and the African Past

The Art of Excavation
Giuseppe Fiorelli 182396 & Amedeo Maiuri 18861963
Excavating and Preserving Pompeii

Augustus Lane Fox Pitt Rivers 18271900
Pioneer of Archaeological Excavation

William Matthew Flinders Petrie 18531942
Excavating and Dating Ancient Egypt

Wilhelm Dörpfeld 18531940
Scientific Excavation at Troy

Leonard Woolley 18801960
Excavator of Ur

Alfred Kidder 18851963
The American Southwest

Mortimer Wheeler 18901976 & Philip Barker 19202001
Maestros of Archaeological Excavation

William Foxwell Albright 18911971
Father of Biblical Archaeology

Spyridon Marinatos 190174
Santorini: Akrotiri from beneath the Ashes

Michael Katzev 19392001 &Richard Steffy 19242007
Underwater Archaeology as Science

Ole Crumlin-Pedersen 19352011
Recreating Viking Ships

Decipherers of Ancient Scripts
Jean-François Champollion 17901832
Breaking the Hieroglyphic Code

Henry Creswicke Rawlinson 181095
Deciphering Cuneiform

Michael Ventris 192256
Reading Linear B Tablets as Greek

Eric Thompson 18981975, Tatiana Proskouriakoff 190985
& Yuri Knorosov 192299
Decoding Maya Hieroglyphs

Discovering World Prehistory
Julio Tello 18801947
Father of Peruvian Archaeology

Dorothy Garrod 18921968
Mount Carmel and Cro-Magnons

Li Chi 18961979 & Pei Wenzhong 190482
The First Chinese Dynasties and Early Humans in East Asia

Alexey Okladnikov 190881 &Sergey Semenov 18981978
Early Technology and Neanderthals in Russia
Louis Leakey 190372 & Mary Leakey 191396
Human Origins in Africa

Kathleen Kenyon 190678
Excavating Jericho

Grahame Clark 190795
European and World Prehistory

Robert Braidwood 19072003
Early Farming in the Near East

Hannah Marie Wormington 191494 & Cynthia Irwin-Williams 193690
Female Pioneers in North American Archaeology

James B. Griffin 190597
Archaeology of Eastern North America

Jesse Jennings 190997
Archaeology of the Desert West

Gordon Willey 19132002
The Consummate American Archaeologist

J. Desmond Clark 19162002
The Broad Canvas of African Prehistory

Roger Green 19322009
Studying the Early Polynesians

Thinking about the Past
Vere Gordon Childe 18921957
Revolutions in Prehistory

Glyn Daniel 191486 &Stuart Piggott 191096
Ancient Europeans, Megaliths and the
Wider Audience

André Leroi-Gourhan 191186
How Humans Make their Worlds

David Clarke 193776 &Lewis Binford 19312011
Pioneers of the New Archaeology

Bruce Trigger 19372006
Archaeology, Anthropology and Human Society

William T. Sanders 19262008
Culture and Environment in Mesoamerica

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Product Description: The Great Archaeologists takes the reader on a journey from the first attempt to establish just how ancient the "ancient past" really was, through the revelatory discovery of lost civilizations and unknown cultures, right up to today s search for explanations about the past. We meet Thomsen and Worsaae, Danish researchers and rivals, and Sanz de Sautuola and Abbe Breuil, who astonished the world with their discoveries of cave art. Controversial figures such as Heinrich Schliemann and the Hungarian Aurel Stein, plunderer of ancient manuscripts from Central Asia, are given new assessments. Little-known pioneers such as Max Uhle in Peru and Li Chi in China are set beside the giants in the field from Koldewey, Dorpfeld, and Woolley in the Near East, to Louis and Mary Leakey, who transformed knowledge of our African ancestry. Other indomitable women include Gertrude Bell, Kathleen Kenyon, and the script-decipherer Tatiana Proskouriakoff. Brian Fagan has assembled a team of some of the world s greatest living archaeologists to write knowledgeably and entertainingly about their distinguished predecessors in this handsome volume, full of fascinating anecdotes, personal accounts, and unexpected insights."

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