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World Archaeology - Audio

The Open University

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World Archaeology - Audio

World Archaeology - Audio

The Open University

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How do archaeologists investigate and understand ancient sites and civilisations? Interpreting archaeological evidence accurately and methodically is the key to obtaining a critical perspective on the development of the human race. This album provides an introduction to archaeology and its methodologies for excavation of sites that can be more than 12000 years old. Like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle but without a picture guide, archaeologists can establish how cities and civilisations developed, why humans started farming, and how empires formed and collapsed. This material forms part of The Open University course A251 World archaeology.

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World Archaeology

A short introduction to this album.

59 s2010 APR 13
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World Archaeology

The importance of archaeology

The discipline of archaeology and its methodology.

6 MIN2008 SEP 4
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The importance of archaeology

Pompeii: reconstructing the urban past

The challenges of studying the cultural development of urban settlements, including Pompeii.

6 MIN2008 SEP 4
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Pompeii: reconstructing the urban past

The origins of agriculture

Why did humans start farming?

7 MIN2008 SEP 4
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The origins of agriculture

Interpreting the remains of early cities

Archaeologists discuss early Meso-american and South Asian cities and how they reveal different forms of social organisation.

8 MIN2008 SEP 4
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Interpreting the remains of early cities

The challenge of defining a city

What evidence do we need to define archaeological remains as a city?

10 MIN2008 SEP 4
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The challenge of defining a city

Understanding empires

Archaeologists discuss the formation of empires and how to interpret archaeological evidence left by them.

6 MIN2008 SEP 4
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Understanding empires

Excavating empires

Exploring the development and function of empires, looking at Mayan, Aztec, Roman, and Chinese societies.

10 MIN2008 SEP 4
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Excavating empires

Studying human development

Exploring how humans have developed by looking at the remains they have left.

7 MIN2008 SEP 4
Comments
Studying human development
the END

Latest Episodes

World Archaeology

A short introduction to this album.

59 s2010 APR 13
Comments
World Archaeology

The importance of archaeology

The discipline of archaeology and its methodology.

6 MIN2008 SEP 4
Comments
The importance of archaeology

Pompeii: reconstructing the urban past

The challenges of studying the cultural development of urban settlements, including Pompeii.

6 MIN2008 SEP 4
Comments
Pompeii: reconstructing the urban past

The origins of agriculture

Why did humans start farming?

7 MIN2008 SEP 4
Comments
The origins of agriculture

Interpreting the remains of early cities

Archaeologists discuss early Meso-american and South Asian cities and how they reveal different forms of social organisation.

8 MIN2008 SEP 4
Comments
Interpreting the remains of early cities

The challenge of defining a city

What evidence do we need to define archaeological remains as a city?

10 MIN2008 SEP 4
Comments
The challenge of defining a city

Understanding empires

Archaeologists discuss the formation of empires and how to interpret archaeological evidence left by them.

6 MIN2008 SEP 4
Comments
Understanding empires

Excavating empires

Exploring the development and function of empires, looking at Mayan, Aztec, Roman, and Chinese societies.

10 MIN2008 SEP 4
Comments
Excavating empires

Studying human development

Exploring how humans have developed by looking at the remains they have left.

7 MIN2008 SEP 4
Comments
Studying human development
the END
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