Every civilized society, beginning with those of the ancient Egyptians and Chinese, has entertained a passionate curiosity about its predecessors. The means to that end is archaeology. This fascinating book defines the history of archaeology not as one of uninterrupted progress, but of the rediscovery and reinterpretation--often erratic--of forgotten observations. 370 illustrations, 68 in color.
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No society on earth has been without curiosity about its past, a trait that yields folklore and history. Alain Schnapp, a professor of archaeology at the University of Paris, looks at an allied curiosity: that about the things of a people's past. In this comprehensive, heavily illustrated history of early European archaeology, he looks at Greek and Roman ideas about what was to them antiquity; examines the first inklings of scientific archaeology in the Renaissance; and delves into the formation of the first professional archaeological societies in the 18th and 19th centuries. Schnapp writes with a keen eye for the telling anecdote, recounting, for instance, a German scholar's refuting a commonly held view that ancient burial urns had grown in potato fields by spontaneous generation. Schnapp makes occasional detours into archaeology on other continents, too.Language Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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Descrizione libro British Museum Press, 1996. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110714117684