THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF ARCHAEOLOGY by Ronald Jessup
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THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF ARCHAEOLOGY

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This is a beautifully illustrated book. The art work by Norman atterehill and Kenneth Symonds is a combination of replicas of finds, both reconstructed and in their natural state, and scenes depicting the work being done on them today; the colored diagrams by the Isotype Institute form complete little picture histories- of excavations, museum work, etc.- in themselves. But, all this is only part. The text by Ronald Jessup, who is himself an archaeologist, presents the history of the science, and in large part a history of the world, in as thrilling a way for youngsters as Gods, Graves and Scholars was for their parents. Archaeology's main task in presented in a well chosen preliminary example,- the piecing together through clues of the Etruscan civilization and the uncovering of Pompeil from the state in which it was preserved by volcanic ashes. Tracing the beginnings of archaeology to Herodotus' interest in the past, Mr. Jessup indicates the almost complete loss of interest until the Renaissance, but shows the interim course of history the Greek, Roman and Medieval worlds took. With such events as the first organized expedition, the Dilettanti expedition to Ionia, in the 18th century and Schleimann's excavation of Troy, the modern work of archaeology began and from then on it is a thrilling record of the how and why of many, many discoveries, including the ""dragon"" bones of China, King Tutankhemun's tomb intact, the burial ship at Sutton Hoo, and the gradual development of excavation, itself into an exacting science. Must reading for enthusiasts; a book to create enthusiasm.

Publisher: Garden City