Ancient America

Fifty Archaeological Sites to See for Yourself

Author: Kenneth L. Feder

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 144226313X

Category: Travel

Page: 256

View: 9304

Presenting “the real deal” of American antiquity—as opposed to the hyped fare of many cable TV shows—Kenneth Feder invites readers to explore the stunning technological, architectural, engineering, and artistic achievements of America’s first peoples. Part travel guide, part friendly reference, Ancient America showcases fifty iconic and publicly-accessible sites located across the contiguous United States—including monumental pyramids of earth, “castles” ensconced in cliff niches, and vast rock art galleries. Among the places profiled are four World Heritage Sites (Chaco Canyon, NM; Mesa Verde, CO; Cahokia, IL; Poverty Point, LA); numerous Historic Landmarks and National Monuments (including Crystal River, FL; Town Creek Mound, NC; Casa Grande, AZ; and Hovenweep, UT); and stunningly diverse sites ranging from Serpent Mound (OH) and Horsethief Lake (WA) to Canyon de Chelly (AZ) and Nine Mile Canyon (UT). In addition to practical visitor information, Feder tells the fascinating stories of each site as revealed by archaeological research. Introductory chapters delve into the deep past of Native America; historical and cultural details as well as original photography round out the site entries. Readers will be inspired to visit these remarkable places where the past continues to resonate in the present.

Spooky Archaeology

Myth and the Science of the Past

Author: Jeb J. Card

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

ISBN: 0826359663

Category: HISTORY

Page: 360

View: 8621

By exploring the development of archaeology, this book helps us understand what archaeology is and why it matters.

Off the Beaten Path

A Travel Guide to More Than 1,000 Scenic and Interesting Places Still Uncrowded and Inviting

Author: Reader's Digest

Publisher: Readers Digest

ISBN: 0762104244

Category: Travel

Page: 384

View: 7393

Arranged by state, this illustrated travel guide features more than one thousand unique and varied places around the country, including scenic back roads, country villages, and secluded beaches.

From Ancient to Modern

Archaeology and Aesthetics

Author: Chi, Jennifer Y., and Pedro Azara, eds.

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691166463

Category: Art

Page: 168

View: 3942

As archaeologists unearth the past, they seek meaning or purpose for the objects they uncover by looking at the objects themselves and their archaeological context. Art historians, on the other hand, primarily focus on aesthetics, asking why a particular object stimulates our senses, and what that tells us about ourselves. From Ancient to Modern offers a lens for understanding ancient objects through the perspectives and processes of both archaeology and aesthetics, and, in so doing, illuminates the multiple layers of meaning that a single object can take on—sometimes simultaneously—over the course of its existence. This beautifully illustrated volume is the accompanying catalog for the exhibition at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World and focuses on fifty objects from three iconic sites in the ancient Near East: Ur, Diyala, and Kish. The excavation, unique characteristics, and transformative journey of each object—from archaeological artifact to aesthetic item—are examined. Select contemporary artworks are also considered in the investigation of how ancient objects acquire meaning in the present day. Contributors include Kim Benzel, Jennifer Chi, Jean Evans, Lynn Grant, Jack Green, William Hafford, Marc Marin, Naomi Miller, Holly Pittman, Clemens Reichel, Karen Wilson, and Richard Zettler.

Nuclear Engineering

A Conceptual Introduction to Nuclear Power

Author: Malcolm Joyce

Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann

ISBN: 0081010516

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 420

View: 7833

Nuclear Engineering: A Conceptual Introduction to Nuclear Power provides coverage of the introductory, salient principles of nuclear engineering in a comprehensive manner for those entering the profession at the end of their degree. The nuclear power industry is undergoing a renaissance because of the desire for low-carbon baseload electricity, the growing population, and environmental concerns about shale gas, so this book is a welcomed addition to the science. In addition, users will find a great deal of information on the change in the industry, along with other topical areas of interest that are uniquely covered. Intended for undergraduate students or early postgraduate students studying nuclear engineering, this new text will also be appealing to scientifically-literate non-experts wishing to be better informed about the ‘nuclear option'. Presents a succinct and clear explanation of the key facts and concepts on how nuclear engineering power systems function and how their related fuel supply cycles operate Provides full coverage of the nuclear fuel cycle, including its scientific and historical basis Describes a comprehensive range of relevant reactor designs, from those that are defunct, current, and in plan/construction for the future, including SMRs and GenIV Summarizes all major accidents and their impact on the industry and society

Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions

Author: Timothy R. Pauketat

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759108288

Category: Social Science

Page: 257

View: 9709

This book sweeps away the last vestiges of social-evolutionary explanations of 'chiefdoms' by rethinking the history of Pre-Columbian Southeast peoples and comparing them to ancient peoples in the Southwest, Mexico, Mesoamerica, and Mesopotamia.

A Village of Outcasts

Historical Archaeology and Documentary Research at the Lighthouse Site

Author: Kenneth L. Feder

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities Social

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 230

View: 6267

"This book presents a case study in historical archaeology. Specifically, it presents the story of the archaeological and documentary investigation of the Lighthouse site in the town of Barkhamsted, Connecticut. It is intended for students in courses in archaeology, anthropology, ethnography, and history, as well as those readers with a general interest in archaeology and history."--Page iii.

Medical Catastrophe

Confessions of an Anesthesiologist

Author: Ronald W. Dworkin, MD

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442265760

Category: Medical

Page: 220

View: 3443

Medical catastrophes, although rare, do happen. Ronald W. Dworkin suggests the cause often lies in the politics of medicine and the conflicting demands of colleagues, patients, bosses, and institutions. Using his own story and professional anecdotes, he builds the case for avoiding catastrophes through a casting off of the politics of today's medical environment.

People of Chaco

A Canyon and Its Culture

Author: Kendrick Frazier

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393318258

Category: History

Page: 261

View: 934

Updated with the latest archaeological and anthropological evidence, "People of Chaco" is an essential book on the Chaco culture and ruins of northwestern New Mexico. Maps & photos.

Rubbish!

The Archaeology of Garbage

Author: William L. Rathje,Cullen Murphy

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816521432

Category: Social Science

Page: 263

View: 7088

It is from the discards of former civilizations that archaeologists have reconstructed most of what we know about the past, and it is through their examination of today's garbage that William Rathje and Cullen Murphy inform us of our present. Rubbish! is their witty and erudite investigation into all aspects of the phenomenon of garbage. Rathje and Murphy show what the study of garbage tells us about a population's demographics and buying habits. Along the way, they dispel the common myths about our "garbage crisis"—about fast-food packaging and disposable diapers, about biodegradable garbage and the acceleration of the average family's garbage output. They also suggest methods for dealing with the garbage we do have.

Celestial Geometry

Understanding the Astronomical Meanings of Ancient Sites

Author: Ken Taylor

Publisher: Watkins Publishing

ISBN: 9781780283869

Category: Science

Page: 240

View: 7583

Explores the achievements of ancient astronomers at sites, from European stone circles like Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt and Central America, to the medicine wheels of North America and the carved monoliths of Easter Island.

Firecrackers?

Female Photography Now

Author: Fiona Rogers,Max Houghton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500544747

Category: Photography, Artistic

Page: 240

View: 6604

A survey of the greatest female photographers working today, created as a platform to showcase important work that might otherwise be marginalized in the still male-dominated photography community

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Author: Jane Jacobs

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 052543285X

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

View: 5281

Thirty years after its publication, The Death and Life of Great American Cities was described by The New York Times as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning....[It] can also be seen in a much larger context. It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments." Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early sixties, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners. Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jacobs's small masterpiece is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities. It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable. The author has written a new foreword for this Modern Library edition.

Finders Keepers

A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession

Author: Craig Childs

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 9780316052498

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 1235

To whom does the past belong? Is the archeologist who discovers a lost tomb a sort of hero--or a villain? If someone steals a relic from a museum and returns it to the ruin it came from, is she a thief? Written in his trademark lyrical style, Craig Childs's riveting new book is a ghost story--an intense, impassioned investigation into the nature of the past and the things we leave behind. We visit lonesome desert canyons and fancy Fifth Avenue art galleries, journey throughout the Americas, Asia, the past and the present. The result is a brilliant book about man and nature, remnants and memory, a dashing tale of crime and detection.

Who We Are and How We Got Here

Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

Author: David Reich

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198821255

Category: DNA

Page: 368

View: 5585

David Reich describes how the revolution in the ability to sequence ancient DNA has changed our understanding of the deep human past. This book tells the emerging story of our often surprising ancestry - the extraordinary ancient migrations and mixtures of populations that have made us who we are.

The Complete Archaeology of Greece

From Hunter-Gatherers to the 20th Century A.D.

Author: John Bintliff

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118255208

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 2082

The Complete Archaeology of Greece covers the incredible richness and variety of Greek culture and its central role in our understanding of European civilization, from the Palaeolithic era of 400,000 years ago to the early modern period. In a single volume, the field's traditional focus on art and architecture has been combined with a rigorous overview of the latest archaeological evidence forming a truly comprehensive work on Greek civilization. *Extensive notes on the text are freely available online at Wiley Online Library, and include additional details and references for both the serious researcher and amateur A unique single-volume exploration of the extraordinary development of human society in Greece from the earliest human traces up till the early 20th century AD Provides 22 chapters and an introduction chronologically surveying the phases of Greek culture, with over 200 illustrations Features over 200 images of art, architecture, and ancient texts, and integrates new archaeological discoveries for a more detailed picture of the Greece past, its landscape, and its people Explains how scientific advances in archaeology have provided a broader perspective on Greek prehistory and history Selected by Choice as a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title

Florida's Fossils

Guide to Location, Identification, and Enjoyment

Author: Robin C. Brown

Publisher: Pineapple Press Inc

ISBN: 9781561644094

Category: Science

Page: 212

View: 8617

For 50 million years Florida was home to hordes of strange and wonderful animals. Their remains accumulated in rivers, springs, and oceans. Today fossilized bones and teeth wash up along streams, banks, and beaches and lie in limerock quarries. This guide teaches how and where to hunt fossils--with maps, means of identification, and the history of these fossil treasures. Complete, accurate, and fully illustrated, including an outstanding identification section.