Archaeology is exciting adventure and discovery. It’s also sometimes
horribly misunderstood and wrongly stereotyped. Many well-educated
people still think that archaeology is bones, dinosaurs, or fossils, but it’s
none of these. Archaeological remains are things humans left — artifacts or
garbage stains in the soil or ruins of huts or palaces. Others think archaeology
must mean only Egyptian temples or Roman ruins, but archaeology is everywhere that humans have been, including your own back yard and even the
Today archaeology is a big part of popular culture, in movies, computer
games and the news. Authors write about everything from archaeology’s role
in science fiction to its practical use in the modern world. More professional
archaeologists, more History Channel specials on the ancient past, and more
opportunities to see and participate in archaeology now exist than ever before.
This book aims to explore the science, describe the thrills, and show you
what archaeology is all about, whether you want to get involved via the
armchair or in digging.