An advanced resource on the emerging trends and foundational theories of archaeological science. It covers the foundations of archaeological science, modern field methods in archaeology, scientific techniques for the analysis of the characteristics and properties of materials, applications of mathematics and computer sciences, conservation studies, and theoretical approaches to the study of material culture, and the applications of archaeological science.
Surveys over 300 of the most important archaeological sites in North America, including the importance of the site, the history of the people who left the artifacts, and the nature of the ongoing research.
The Encyclopedia of Archaeology makes all aspects of archaeology accessible to a broad audience of the general scientific community, educators, students, and avocational archaeologists. Professional archaeologists and anthropologists will also find the encyclopedia a ready source of up-to-date information on specialties outside their own expertise.
In twenty-six authoritative and clearly-written essays, this Companion explores the origins, aims, methods and problems of archaeology. Each essay is written by a scholar of international standing and illustrations complement the text.