Unearthing History: Archaeology Books @ SCCLD
Annotation:What did California look like before Hollywood? In a fascinating journey across the Golden State, America's best-known archaeology writer tells of the first groups of people who, over 13,000 years ago, drifted into what is now California.
Annotation:Thomas Layton, a professor of archaeology at San Jose State University, was on an archeology dig north of San Francisco with a group of his students. Discoveries they unearthed there led them to learn that in 1850 the clipper Frolic, a sailing ship built specifically for the Asian opium trade, had wrecked on the Mendocino Coast, a few miles from a Pomo village.
Annotation:As director of the Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services (FACES) Laboratory at Louisiana State University, Manhein unravels mysteries of life and death every day. In "The Bone Lady", she shares many fascinating cases that include the science underlying her analyses as well as the human stories behind the remains.
Annotation:The Great Murals of Mexico's Baja California are one of the five greatest sites in the world for primitive rock art. Author/photographer Harry W. Crosby documents the search he undertook to study the largely unknown works hidden in the mountains of central Baja.
Annotation:The dead tell no tales. Or do they? In this fascinating book, Clark Spencer Larsen shows that the dead can speak to us--about their lives, and ours--through the remarkable insights of bioarchaeology, which reconstructs the lives and lifestyles of past peoples based on the study of skeletal remains.
Annotation:Marine archaeologist Robert Marx has explored many underwater archeological sites and shipwrecks dating from the beginning of recorded history to the present day. This color photo essay presents major finds from ancient galleys, sunken cities, and the Titanic, and describes excavation methods and survivors' tales.
Annotation:The reader is takento the soil where the Jamestown colony began, unearthing the James Fort and its contents to reveal fascinating evidence of the lives and deaths of the first settlers, of their endeavors and struggles, and of their relationships with the Virginia Indians. He offers up a lively but fact-based account, framed around a narrative of the archaeological team's exciting discoveries.
Annotation:Recounts the discovery of a sunken German U-boat by two scuba divers, tracing how they devoted the following years to researching the identities of the submarine and its crew, correcting historical texts and breaking new ground in the world of diving.
Annotation:A renowned archaeologist offers a close-up look at the ten most important ancient archaeological discoveries and what they have revealed about human history, examining the Rosetta Stone, Troy, King Tut's Tomb, Machu Picchu, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Pompeii, Thera, Ninevah's Assyrian Library, Olduvai Gorge, and the Tomb of 10,000 Warriors.
Annotation:Thousands of life-sized terra cotta soldiers were created in China in the third century BC. They were then interred in the mausoleum of the first emperor of China upon his death. This is the fascinating story of the discovery of China’s greatest archaeological treasure, and how and why these astonishing figures were created.
Annotation:Legendary divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler investigate the great enduring mystery of history's most notorious shipwreck, assembling a team of experts to reveal why the Titanic sunk as quickly as it did.
Annotation:An archaeologist recounts his adventures discovering the tomb of Egypt's famous female pharaoh, Hatshepsut, in the Valley of the Kings and discusses his experiences becoming an archaeologist and dealing with eccentric colleagues.
Annotation:The renowned director of the British Museum traces the stories of one hundred human innovations to explain their pivotal role in shaping civilization, from weapons and the domestication of cows to currency and music.
Annotation:Stunning aerial photographs of 250 of the world's foremost archaeological sites are presented, ranging from the temple complex at Karnak to the Great Wall of China, and from the Acropolis in Athens to Aztec palaces in Mexico.
Annotation:The host of the History Channel's Digging for the Truth presents a behind-the-scenes tour of some of his most interesting and physically challenging adventures, during which he explored the secrets of the Sphinx, traced the Lost Ark of the Covenant to remote sites in Ethiopia, and witnessed a Druid ceremony at Stonehenge.
Annotation:A renowned naturalist and adventurer explores the controversial nature of archeological excavation, aiming to discern weather it is heroic, or whether relics are best left among the ruins, in a book that ranges from lonesome desert canyons to fancy Fifth Avenue art galleries.
Annotation:Describing the exciting discoveries of long lost worlds found beneath the modern metropolis, the authors present a narrative of the many peoples who shared and shaped the land that is now New York City, including 19th-century families, Dutch and English colonists, enslaved Africans, and the Native Americans who arrived eleven thousand years ago.
Annotation:Centered on archaeological investigations Truckee, California, this narrative includes detailed analyses of artifacts and bones that suggest what life was like in this survival camp, illuminating the ordeal of the Donner families.
Annotation:Excavation of the Chinatown that was destroyed in the building of Union Station provides a rich picture of the people and life in nineteenth and early twentieth century Los Angeles.
Annotation:In this beautifully illustrated book, the author examines the most recent evidence for the existence, functions, and designs of gardens from the second millennium B.C. to the middle of the first millennium A.D. in the cultures of the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, Italy, and the provinces of the Roman Empire.
Annotation:A volume of firsthand accounts by famous archaeologists, pioneering underwater explorers, and leading excavators and scientists documents significant findings from the past fifteen years, evaluating the ways in which they have shaped present-day understandings about human origins and history.
Annotation:Corvette in the Barn is a collection of true, often amazing, stories and essays about car collectors and enthusiasts who have discovered unusual and desirable cars, forgotten in all manner of locations from barns, to old-school junkyards, to farmer's fields.
Annotation:Were the pyramids of the pharaohs conceived in Britain? The authors of Before the Pyramids think so, and they take readers on a gripping excursion into ancient religion and astronomy. They not only establish the existence of an advanced civilization with astonishing, almost modern knowledge, but they also explain how the oldest Neolithic monuments--the henges of North Yorkshire--were planned, and their amazing connection to the later pyramids of Giza.
Annotation:Explores the facts and myths behind history's missing cities, treasures, people, and wrecks, investigating such famous mysteries as Atlantis, the lost treasure of Captain Kidd, and the disappearance of Amelia Earhart.
Annotation:This fascinating and absorbing prehistoric detective story describes the discovery of a two-thousand-year-old body in a Cheshire peat field, discusses the scientific analysis of the body, and explains how mummies reveal information about the past.
Annotation:Examines archaeological sites in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Near East, and the Americas, discussing each site's history, aspects of its past civilization, and details of its structures and realia.
Annotation:The Archaeology of the Donner Party offers a new interpretation of the history of the Donner Party, based on the careful analysis of recently discovered artifacts, supplementing the documentary record the scientific interpretation of physical remains.
Annotation:This practical, down-to-earth guide for surface collectors of arrowheads and stone artifacts is designed especially for amateur archaeologists and people interested in learning how to study and collect artifacts safely and responsibly.
Annotation:Armchair archaeologists can relive the moments of unearthing Lucy, the Beijing Man, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Royal Cemetery at Ur, Otzi the Ice Man, the ship at Sutten Hoo, the African Cemetery in Manhattan, Tutankhamun's wife, the underwater Uluburun ship, Homer's Troy, the palace of Knossos, Macchu Picchu, and more.
Annotation:A professional field guide and practical companion to archaeology features how-to photographic sequences of field surveys and step-by-step excavations, profiles of archaeological pioneers, and information on handling and recording finds and dating artifacts.