Stones, Bones, and Ancient Cities

Lawrence H. Robbins, Author St. Martin's Press $18.95 (267p) ISBN 978-0-312-04431-2
Describing 40 of the world's most dramatic archeological discoveries, Robbins, who teaches anthropology at Michigan State University, offers a comprehensive introduction to the field. In chapters arranged by finds (i.e., art, tombs, written records, etc.), he details major archeological expeditions. Emphasizing the single-mindedness of such figures as Louis Leakey, who sought human origins in East Africa; Howard Carter and Lord Carnavon, who searched for King Tut's tomb; and Heinrich Schliemann, determined to locate Homer's Troy--all of whom pursued their beliefs in face of widespread skepticism--Robbins also points out the role of happenstance in the unearthing of many of the world's great archeological discoveries. This even-toned survey, ranging far and wide but not too deep in any one spot, will be valued by newcomers to archeology. Well-versed readers will likely be more interested in the extensive bibliography. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/01/1990
Release date: 07/01/1990
Paperback - 16 pages - 978-0-312-07848-5
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