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The future of the past

archaeology in the twenty-first century

Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in London .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Machine generated contents note: Part One The Doubtful Significance of Natural Catastrophes
1 The Eruption of Thera: An Unwanted Research Project 3
Life and Death on the Volcano 3
A Visit from a Mathematician 7
Excavations in the Library 9
How Archaeology and Geology Found Common Ground 14
Trends in the Spirit of the Age 15
The Eruption of Krakatau 18
In the Realm of King Minos 20
The Theories of Spyridon Marinatos 22
How Does One Start a Tsunami? 25
Outmoded Hypotheses or Unnecessary Hysteria? 28
The Remnants of Former Glory 29
Crete Goes for a Swim 34
But There It Is! 35
Where or What was the Collapse? 37
Irreconcilable Discrepancies 39
The Year of the Eruption 42
2 Earthquake: Was Civilisation Nature's Plaything? 47
The earth quakes in Heraklion 47
A 4000-year-old Town Straight from the Drawing Board 49
How the Sites Defied Earthquakes 53
The Secrets of the Amari Valley 57
Earthquakes Past and Present 62
What Causes Radical Cultural Change? 65
3 Climate: History Cutting Capers 69
Did Climate Change Cause the Upheaval about 1200 BC? 69
Discovery and Investigation of the 'Palace of Nestor' 72
Pollen and the History of Climate 73
The Pylos Regional Archaeology Project 75
Climate or Humans? 79
Part Two Archaeological Research in the Twenty-first Century
4 Techniques: Archaeology Past and Present 85
Aegean Prehistory in Former Times 88
Aspects of Modern Field Archaeology 90
Fieldwork in the Future 91
The Organisation and Requirements of Fieldwork 93
Archaeology Takes Off 98
Down to Earth 100
The Limits of Technology 103
5 Humans and the Environment: A Lost Paradise 107
Vanished Landmarks 107
The Exhaustion of Natural Resources 108
Challenges for Geoarchaeology 111
Existence in the Garden of Eden 113
The Move to Settlement 116
The Untouched World of Albania 121
6 Engineering Knowledge: The Control of Water and Town
Planning 125
Technical Reconstruction 125
Hydraulic Engineering in Mycenaean Times 126
A Granary Becomes a Desert 130
Of Ports and Men 132
Urban Development 135
Mysterious Labyrinths 136
A Magical Dance 139
Future Prospects 141
Part Three Great Riddles of Mediterranean Archaeology
7 Atlantis: The End of a Legend 145
A Gruesome Find 145
Lost in Space and Time 146
Plato's Most Ambitious Project 148
Plato's Role as a Disseminator of Ideas 150
Fiction or Fact? 151
Past and Present Explanations 157
Prehistoric Greece in Plato's Text 158
Critical Translation Errors 161
Features ofAtlantis 168
An Independent Opinion 178
8 Troy: The Circle-girt City 181
Back into the Labyrinth 181
The Harbour at Troy 185
On Transporting Ships 188
'The Myth of Troy' 191
9 Western Asia Minor: The Gordian Knot 193
A Caravan Crosses Central Asia Minor 193
The Peculiarities of Asia Minor 195
Progress in the Stone Age 196
The Age of Metals and Fortifications 198
The Hittite Empire 201
World War Zero 205
Where is the Problem? 208
10 The Dark Age: Where the Bull Came from that Bore Europa Away 213
The States of Asia Minor 213
Developments in Phrygia and Lydia 216
Caria: A Rendezvous 218
The Situation in Greece 220
Influences from the East 221
The State of Science 224
The Rise of Etruscan Culture 226
Intermediaries in Time and Space 229
Part Four The Future of the Past
11 Archaeology Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 237
The Philhellenes' View of the World 237
New Methods of Archaeological Research 244
What Does the Future Hold for Archaeology? 246
Adieu, Thera! 249
Bibliography 255
The Eruption of Thera 255
Earthquake 255
Climate 256
Techniques 256
Humans and the Environment 256
Engineering Knowledge 257
Atlantis 257
Troy 258
Western Asia Minor 258
The Dark Age 258
Archaeology Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 259.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-259) and index.


Dewey Decimal Class 930.1
Library of Congress CC165 .Z3613 2001

The Physical Object

Pagination xv, 270 p., [28] p. of plates :
Number of pages 270

ID Numbers

Open Library OL3596736M
ISBN 10 0297643894
LC Control Number 2002318203
OCLC/WorldCat 47063241
Goodreads 1960682

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