Incredible Archaeology: Inspiring Places from Our Human Past (Hardcover)
Discover the world's best and most beautiful archaeological sites
Incredible Archaeology offers a journey through the best archaeological sites the world has to offer. With stunning photography, it serves as both a dazzling spectacle and travel inspiration, making it perfect for armchair travelers and world adventurers alike!
Archaeological sites tell a story spanning thousands of years, and the ones in this book range from the well-known to hidden gems, handpicked for their desirability as destinations. Explore the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde (the largest archaeological preserve in the United States), the Abu Simbel twin temples in Egypt that commemorate Pharaoh Ramesses II and his queen Nefertari, the Terracotta Army in China, the Nazca Lines in Peru that feature large geoglyphs in the desert soil, and the hill fort known as Maiden Castle in England. These are just a sampling of the top-notch sites you'll find in this book. Incredible Archaeology takes a striking tour through human history, so come along!
About the Author
PAUL BAHN is a leading archaeological writer, translator, and broadcaster. Contributing editor of Archaeology magazine, he has written extensively on prehistoric art and authored numerous books, most recently Archaeology (Smithsonian Books, 2018).
"Armchair globetrotters and archaeology buffs alike will discover new destinations in this
photographic tour of 100 of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, selected based on archaeological importance but also accessibility to travelers, interest to a general audience, and visual appeal."
"Archaeology magazine contributing editor Bahn serves up a richly illustrated grand tour of the world’s iconic sites. The current popular interest in archaeology, writes the author, speaks to a couple of things: As evidenced by the proliferation of genealogy websites and DNA tests for origins, people have a fascination with the past, and 'answering really big questions such as the origins of archaeology can also be tremendous fun.' The text is full of lightly worn scholarship, and while it focuses on well-known places from Mohenjo Daro to Machu Picchu, there are plenty of places that don’t always figure in the standard texts. The Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Alberta is one such venue, a place that hugs the flank of the Rockies and was used for millennia as a place where Paleo-Indians and their later descendants drove herds of bison to their deaths. [...] The text is generally well written, the coverage is global, and the color photographs are stunning. Good reading for the armchair or aspiring archaeologist of the house. (300 images)."