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- Archaeologists Dig for Clues
by Kate Duke
Archaeologists on a dig work very much like detectives at a crime scene. Every chipped rock, charred seed, or fossilized bone could be a clue to how people lived in the past. In this information-packed Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science book, Kate Duke explains what scientists are looking for, how they find it, and what their finds reveal.
- Archaeology for Kids: Uncovering the Mysteries of Our Past
by Richard Panchyk
Twenty-five projects such as making a surface survey of a site, building a screen for sifting dirt and debris at a dig, tracking soil age by color, and counting tree rings to date a find teach kids the techniques that unearthed Neanderthal caves, Tutankhamun's tomb, the city of Pompeii, and Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec empire. Kids will delight in fashioning a stone-age tool, playing a serialization game with old photographs of cars, "reading" objects excavated in their own backyards, and using patent numbers to date modern artifacts as they gain an overview of human history and the science that brings it back to life.
- Archaeology in the Classroom: A Resource Guide for Teachers and Parents
by Wendy O'Brien (Compiler), Tracey Cullen (Compiler)
This revised manual is an extensive resource guide to archaeological curriculum materials, books, films, museum programs, educator training, and archaeological excavations for grades 1-12. The guide is fully indexed by grade level, local state resources, and the thematic focus of the individual material. Also included in the guide are supplemental bibliographies and resource lists of related archaeological organizations.
- Archaeology Smart Junior: Discovering History's Buried Treasures
by Karen Laubenstein, Ron Roy
If you have ever day-dreamed about discovering a lost city that no one ever knew existed, or finding a set of ancient footprints and trying to solve the mystery of who (or what) left them, then this is the book for you.
When Beauregard the cat digs up a bag full of ancient artifacts stolen by the evil Dastardly Looter, it's up to him and his friends Barnaby, Bridget, and Babette to return them to their proper places before they are cuaght by the sinister thief. Hop aboard their time machine and visit ancient worlds, mysterious ruins, and famous archaeological digs.
Not only is Archaeology Smart Junior an exciting story, it also tells how archaeologists find and study the clues that tell us all about prehistoric eras. You'll be getting a head start on the science courses you'll take in high school by learning how scientists think and work as they solve the puzzles of the past.
- Archaeology Thematic Unit
by Mary Ellen Sterling
Archaeology Thematic Unit is based on the following pieces of literature: The Usborne Young Scientist: Archaeology; Dig This! How Archaeologists Uncover Our Past. This reproducible resource is filled with ready-to-use lessons and cross-curricular activities. Also included are management ideas, creative suggestions for the classroom, and a bibliography.
- Atlas of Archaeology, The
by Michael Aston, Timothy Taylor
Unearth and explore the fascinating worlds of our ancestors from the earliest human to the Industrial Age.
From the discovery of a Bronze Age ritual monument to the reconstruction of a classic Roman villa and the piecing together of a New World settlement, this highly illustrated atlas is a compelling guide to both recent and historic archaeological sites around the world. Mick Aston and Tim Taylor inspire us with their enthusiasm for archaeology to look at the evidence of the past all around us. Unearthing a range of sites from early cities to medieval castles and Industrial Age factories, they reveal the activities that took place and make detailed identifications of key objects found there. The Atlas of Archaeology is sumptuously illustrated with photographs of the artifacts found at each site, followed by a detailed full-color drawing of the site as it would have appeared originally. Photographs of archaeologists at work and explanations of their techniques provide the technical information that is the basis of all archaeological digs. Fourteen full-color maps show more than 1,200 sites around the world, and accompanying profiles give the location of each, the date of discovery, and the key finds. Lavishly illustrated and expertly researched, this fascinating guide to the world of archaeology will encourage all those interested in the past to take a completely fresh and informed look at their surroundings.
- City Through Time
by DK Publishing, Steve Noon (Illustrator)
Created by Steve Noon, illustrator of the award-winning A Street Through Time, this stunning picture book vividly brings to life the history and growth of a city. Beginning with the birth of a fictional Greek colony and ending with a modern metropolis, A City Through Time is a captivating journey through 2,500 years.
- Egyptology Handbook: A Course in the Wonders of Egypt
by Emily Sands, Dugald A. Steer (Editor)
As readers of the fascinating EGYPTOLOGY are all too aware, the feisty explorer Emily Sands mysteriously vanished on an expedition up the Nile in 1927. But in a remarkable turn of fortune for Miss Sands's many fans, detectives have uncovered a second volume penned in her own hand — a course book on ancient Egyptian history and culture intended for the voyager's beloved niece and nephew. Now available to budding Egyptologists everywhere, this comprehensive volume — illustrated by the same artists who lent their talents to EGYPTOLOGY — is brimming with facts on ancient Egyptian culture and history, followed by intriguing assignments and fill-in opportunities on everything from archaeological finds to theories on how the pyramids were built.
- Eyewitness: Archeology
by Jane R. McIntosh
The Eyewitness series is the best thing to happen to reference books since the encyclopedia was invented, and this volume on archeology is no exception. Lushly illustrated with the crispest, most detailed full-color photographs imaginable, this book makes archeology look fun and interesting. Twenty-six two-page spreads cover everything from the basics ("Why Excavate?") to the mysterious ("Mounds and Monuments") to the gruesomely cool ("Human Remains"). Topics are global, from Pompeii to the American Southwest. Although ostensibly geared to 9- to 12-year-olds, reading this book is like visiting a museum of archeology, and adults will get as much out of it as kids. --Therese Littleton
- Farm Through Time, A
by Eric Thomas (Illustrator), Angela Wickes (Illustrator)
Have you ever wondered what life on a farm was like hundreds of years ago? This beautiful book tells the story of one farm and the people who worked on it from medieval times to the present day.
Evocative illustrations by Eric Thomas reflect the rhythm of the seasons and their accompanying tasks, from plowing and sowing to harvesting and haymaking, while flaps lift to reveal changing activities inside the farm buildings. Angela Wilkes's finely crafted text details the changing nature of life on a farm, capturing the atmosphere of days gone by.
Follow the history of a farm as it develops from a small piece of land rented from the local lord of the manor in the 9th century, into a large, mechanized farm of the 21st century.
A Farm Through Time is not only the story of a farm -- it is a portrait of country people, a changing landscape, and of disappearing crafts. It is a book to treasure and return to time and time again.
- Farm Through Time, A
by Eric Thomas (Illustrator)
Evocative illustrations by Eric Thomas reflect the rhythm of the seasons and their accompanying tasks, from plowing and sowing to harvesting and haymaking, while Angela Wilkes's finely crafted text details the changing nature of life on a farm.
- Hero Schliemann, The: The Dreamer Who Dug For Troy
by Laura Amy Schlitz, Robert Byrd (Illustrator)
Archaeologist? Mythmaker? Crook? This engaging, illustrated biography of Heinrich Schliemann — a nineteenth-century romantic who most believe did find the ancient city of Troy — reveals him to be a fascinating mixture of all three.
From the time Heinrich Schliemann was a boy — or so he said — he
knew he was destined to dig for lost cities and find buried treasure. And if Schliemann had his way, history books would honor him to this day as one of the greatest archaeologists who ever lived. But a little digging into the life of Schliemann himself reveals that this nineteenth-century self-made man had a funny habit of taking liberties with the truth. Like the famous character of his hero, the poet Homer, Schliemann was a crafty fellow and an inventor of stories, a traveler who had been shipwrecked and stranded and somehow survived. And Heinrich Schliemann was determined to become a legend like Homer — but in his own time.
Following this larger-than-life character from his poor childhood in Germany to his achievement of wealth as a merchant in Russia, from his first haphazard dig for the city of Ilium to his final years living in a pseudo "Palace of Troy," this engrossing tale paints a portrait of contradictions—
a man at once stingy and lavishly generous, a scholar both shrewd and reckless, a speaker of twenty-two languages and a health fanatic addicted to cold sea baths. Laura Amy Schlitz weaves historical facts among Schliemann's fanciful recollections, while Robert Byrd's illustrations evoke his life and times in wonderful detail. Along the way,
THE HERO SCHLIEMANN gives young readers food for discussion about how history sometimes comes to be written — and how it sometimes needs to be changed.
- Magic School Bus Shows and Tells: A Book About Archaeology
by Jackie Posner, Bruce Degen, Joanna Cole, John Speirs (Illustrator)
Ms. Frizzle's class is in a Show and Tell contest. Arnold brings in an old artifact to show. But since nobody knows what it is, there's nothing to tell! So the class makes guesses as to what the object is, and they go on a wild adventure to find out if their guesses are correct.
by Neil Waldman (Illustrator)
Masada shall not fall again! Both a rallying cry for modern-day Israel and an inspiration to the world, the siege of Masada took place in the first century C.E., when a small group of Jewish rebels defended their lives and their freedom against the overwhelming might of Rome. With his meticulously researched, event-filled text and illustrations that capture the great desert fortress then and now. Neil Waldman dramatizes the ancient story behind the ruins of Masada and the contemporary efforts by archaeologists to uncover its secrets.
- Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Manners And Customs How The People Of The Bible Really Lived
by Howard Frederic Vos
The most comprehensive, up-to-date, accurate information on life in Bible times available in one volume for the general reader.
- Port Through Time, A
by Anne Millard, Steve Noon (Illustrator)
Created by celebrated illustrator Steve Noon and Dr. Anne Millard, this stunning picture book brings to life the history, growth, and changing fortunes of a port from Neolithic settlement to a sophisticated, large-scale container port of today.
- Prospector's Mystery Rock
by Educational Insights
You thought Indiana Jones was cool, and then you open this box to find a flat clay "rock" about 2 inches high and 4.5 inches in diameter... hmmm. But wait! There are no fewer than 10 artifacts buried in here. Some are fragile (including a real fossil) and some are small and valuable (including a real precious stone). Can you use the included prospector's knife and brush, follow the detailed instructions, and excavate all 10 treasures undamaged? Can you identify them? Can you complete the included logbook accurately enough to win a place as assistant on Indiana's next expedition? Only time and a lot of patience will tell. If you do it, there's a plastic display case and labels for your finds--plus a sealed "Secret Identity Chart" for anything you can't identify. Parent's Choice Foundation Gold Award and National Parenting Center Seal of Approval winner. --Richard Farr
- Street Through Time, A
by Anne Millard, Steve Noon (Illustrator)
Demonstrating the unfolding of history, panoramic views visiting a particular site every few centuries follow the evolution of a Stone Age riverside settlement into a twentieth-century city. A bold title and date with a few sentences describing significant changes appears in the upper-right-hand corner of each broad vertical scene. Added statements wind around the four borders, offering details about daily life of the period and inviting readers to search for significant activities among the many small vignettes in the larger view. Tiny figures busy at daily life offer an engaging chronicle of human experience over time as invaders and disease take their toll or more peaceful times bring prosperity and growth. The hypothetical street is in an unnamed European setting; Romans, Barbarians, Vikings, and the plague alter the fortunes of in-habitants. Some of the historical milestones represented by the fourteen segments are not so far apart, while long stretches of time separate others. It's a very telescopic view, compressing the rich complexities of history into a few glimpses, but there's plenty of human interest in the passing scene to keep readers poring over the shifting yet similar pursuits of people over time. The timeline construct is a useful demonstration for children, and the busy vistas would make a fine springboard for encouraging students to create scenes of local history.
- Usborne Young Scientist Archaeology, The
by Barbara Cork, Struan Reid, Joe McEwan (Illustrator)
- Young Oxford Book of Archaeology, The
by Norah Moloney
A comprehensive reference book geared toward curious young people with an interest in archaeology or anthropology, Paleolithic specialist Norah Moloney's Young Oxford Book of Archaeology is packed with great photographs and illustrations. The book introduces human evolutionary concepts as background for a chronological sequence of significant archaeological discoveries. Well-written chapters cover introductory subjects such as "What Is Archaeology," "When Did It Happen," "Saving Our Heritage," "Underwater Archaeology," and "Ethnoarchaeology." More specific treatments of the advent of agriculture and the ancient civilizations of India, Egypt, Greece, and Mexico show how we get clues about the daily lives of our ancestors. Excellent photographs bring the subject matter to life, from the mammoth-bone houses of ancient Ukraine to the gardens of Xochimilco in southern Mexico City. Thorough and intricate, this book will help an inquisitive 9- to 15-year-old explore the fascinating world of archaeology. --Therese Littleton