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Great Excavations By John Romer

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With the discovery of Carbon 14 dating in the 19th century, prehistory was brought to life and fixed dates for objects from the most ancient past became a reality. Accompanying a TV series, this book tells the story of the major discoveries of the past and the methods used in their recovery.

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Great Excavations: John Romer's History Of Archaeology by John Romer

Most believed it had begun when God placed Adam & Eve, fully formed, into the Garden of Eden. Archaeology changed all that. Besides revealing to us the treasures, tombs and cities of previously unimagined peoples, it has given us five million years of ancestors, transformed our ideas of who we are and where we come from, and has outlined our relationship with all other life on this planet. In Great Excavations, John Romer traces the history of archaeology from its inception in eighteenth-century Pompeii to the present day. He looks at the scientific advances made by key figures; tells the extraordinary stories of the personalities of archaeology s pioneers, scientists, adventurers and dreamers; deals with the big questions that continue to occupy archaeologists today; and examines how governments have used archaeology for their own political ends. This is a fascinating book, lavishly illustrated, that allows the world of archaeology to leap from the page straight into our imagination.

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About John Romer


John Romer is a graduate of the Royal College of Art. He began work in archaeology on the University of Chicago's epigraphic survey at Thebes in Upper Egypt. For the last 25 years he has alternated professional archaeology and conservation with writing books and TV series, which he also presents to critical acclaim. This is his fourth series. John Romer lives and works around the Mediterranean and in the Middle East. He has a house in Tuscany with his wife, the author Elizabeth Romer, who is responsible for many photographs in this book.

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Stones and bones; treasure seekers; the Bible and the gold of Troy; global jigsaws; at the service of the state; the future of the past.

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GOR001287636
Great Excavations: John Romer's History Of Archaeology by John Romer
John Romer
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Orion Publishing Co
2000-07-20
216
0304355631
9780304355631
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