Download e-book for kindle: Archaeology: A Beginner's Guide by Joe Flatman

By Joe Flatman

ISBN-10: 1780745044

ISBN-13: 9781780745046

Archaeology is extra renowned than ever. television and movie have made it appear obtainable and fascinating, and the variety of budding amateurs is at the upward push, as is executive help for archaeological tasks on a world scale. From cash and combs to battlefields and plantations, archaeologist Joe Flatman presents an incisive advent to the perform of archaeology. via comparative case reports he demonstrates how the archaeological attitude unearths unforeseen truths in regards to the latest phenomena. all at once a landfill web site can reveal extra approximately our ingesting behavior than we could prefer to admit, and airports develop into websites as interesting and complicated because the cities and villages they have been equipped over. Flatman additionally trains his eye at the destiny and divulges how archaeology may help us expect — or even hinder — the crises which are dealing with us this day.

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W. palace]. The slab on which these bas-reliefs occurred had been reduced in size, to the injury of the sculpture, and had evidently belonged to another building. The slabs on either side bore the usual inscription, and the whole had been so much injured by fire that they could not be moved. My labours had scarcely been resumed [in 1846] when I received information that the Cadi of Mosul was endeavouring to stir up the people against me, chiefly on the pretext that I was carrying away treasure; and, what was worse, finding inscriptions which proved that the Franks [a generic name for Crusaders] once held the country and upon the evidence of which they intended immediately to resume possession of it, exterminating all true believers.

And that year (1884), as ever, the Cairo officials were greedy for their cut: Maspero was agreeable about the larger things that I produced, but he and Brugsch [Keeper of the Cairo Museum] were greedy for small valuables; two good figures of apes, in sets of figures, were both taken, though I counted eighteen already in the museum. A silver chain and various other nice things were also kept. The objects which I was allowed to retain I showed in London, at the first of a long series of annual exhibitions which has done much to educate and interest the public.

Facts are torn from the ground, to be transferred to the explorer’s notebook. If not so transferred they are lost for ever. If the excavator has not sufficient knowledge to interpret the facts, their value is proportionately diminished. In 1867 nothing was known about the development of pottery in the country, which is now recognised as being the chief clue to the dating of Palestinian sites and strata. Without potsherds, there is little or nothing to discriminate between a wall of 100 BC and a wall of 2000 BC: there is marvellously little difference in the masonry.

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