Time detectives : how archeologists use technology to recapture the past New York : Simon & Schuster, c 1995 Brian Fagan Archaeology , Technological innovations Hardcover 288 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. -270) and index. Fagan offers a fascinating look at how the key archaeological discoveries of the past 50 years were made, and how new techniques and devices have led to new insights into ancient civilizations. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
Grahame Clark : an intellectual life of an archaeologist Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2001 Brian Fagan Archaeologists ; Great Britain ; Biography, Clark, Grahame, 1907-1995 Hardcover. First edition and printing. xix, 304 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 267-290) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
The British archaeologist Grahame Clark was a seminal figure in European and world archaeology for more than half of the twentieth century, but, at the same time, one whose reputation has been outshone by other, more visible luminaries. His works were never aimed at a wide general public, nor did he become a television or radio personality. Clark was, above all, a scholar, whose contributions to world archaeology were enormous.
He was convinced that the study of prehistory was important for all humanity and spent his career saying so. For this, he was awarded the prestigious Erasmus Prize in 1990, an award only rarely given to archaeologists. This intellectual biography describes Clark’s remarkable career and assesses his seminal contributions to archaeology. Clark became interested in archaeology while at school, studied the subject at Cambridge University, and completed a groundbreaking doctorate on the Mesolithic cultures of Britain in 1931. He followed this study with a magisterial survey, The Mesolithic Settlement of Northern Europe(1936), which established him as an international authority on the period. At the same time, he became interested in the interplay between changing ancient environment and ancient human societies.
In a series of excavations and important papers, he developed environmental archaeology and the notion of ecological systems as a foundation of scientific, multidisciplinary archaeology, culminating in his world-famous excavations at Starr Carr, England, in 1949 and his Prehistoric Europe: The Economic Basis (1952). Clark became Disney Professor of Public Archaeology at Cambridge in 1952 and influenced an entire generation of undergraduates to become archaeologists in all parts of the world. He was also the author of the first book on a global human prehistory, World Prehistory (1961).
Fish on Friday : feasting, fasting, and the discovery of the New World New York : Basic Books, c 2005 Brian Fagan Fish as food , History Hardcover. First edition and printing. 338 p. ill. 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
What gave Christopher Columbus the confidence in 1492 to set out across the Atlantic Ocean? What persuaded the king and queen of Spain to commission the voyage? It would be convenient to believe that Columbus and his men were uniquely courageous. A more reasonable explanation, however, is that Columbus was heir to a body of knowledge about seas and ships acquired at great cost over many centuries.
Fish on Friday tells a new story of the discovery of America. In Brian Fagan’s view, that discovery is the product of the long sweep of history: the spread of Christianity and the radical cultural changes it brought to Europe, the interaction of economic necessity with a changing climate, and generations of unknown fishermen who explored the North Atlantic in the centuries before Columbus. The Church’s tradition of not eating meats on holy days created a vast market for fish that could not be fully satisfied by fish farms, better boats, or new preservation techniques. Then, when climate change in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries diminished fish stocks off Norway and Iceland, fishermen were forced to range ever farther to the west – eventually discovering incredibly rich shoals within sight of the Nova Scotia coast. In Ireland in 1490, Columbus could well have heard about this unknown land. The rest is history.
The journey from Eden : the peopling of our world New York, N.Y. : Thames and Hudson, 1990 Brian M. Fagan Human beings , Migrations Hardcover. First American edition. 256 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-247) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
Kingdoms of gold, kingdoms of jade : the Americas before Columbus New York, N.Y. : Thames and Hudson, 1991 Brian M. Fagan America , Antiquities Hardcover. First edition. 240 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. -234) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG