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The Past From Above: Aerial Views of Great Archaeological Sites 

Gerster, G.
Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2005. ISBN 0892368179.
Having spent more than 30 years shooting archaeological sites from the air, the author has created an authoritative collection of images. Both beautiful and enlightening--one archaeologist says a photo of an Elamite city gave him a deeper understanding of the site than 10 years of fieldwork did--it includes full-page photos of 250 sites and text from more than a dozen archaeologists. 415 pages.
Digging the Dirt: The Archaeological Imagination 

Wallace, J.
London: Duckworth, 2004. ISBN 0715632787.
This book engages with the work of philosophers and writers who have been stirred by the life below the ground, while never losing sight of the pressing demands of archaeologists today. See also our review. 192 pages.
Ambiguous Images 

Hays-Gilpin, K.
Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press, 2004. ISBN 0759100640.
Adding important information and putting the study of rock art into perspective, Kelley Hays-Gilpin discusses the roles of gender. She analyzes the gender systems depicted in rock art, presenting the idea that art is a product of its physical and social environment while also influencing behavior and ideas in a society. 249 pages.
Anthropology Explored 

Osterweis, R.
Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 2004. ISBN 1588340937.
This collection of 29 essays by some of the most prominent figures in the field presents different perspectives on past and present theories and practices in anthropology. Click here for more information. 473 pages.
Archaeological Perspectives on Political Economics 

Feinman, G., Nicholas, L.
Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2004. ISBN 087480776X.
This book is an exploration of past societies and economies made up of hierarchical organization. Contributing editors analyze political, economic, and social factors that have interacted in past societies during different times 346 pages.
Archaeology and Modernity 

Thomas, J.
London: Routledge, 2004. ISBN 0415271576.
This book gives in-depth analysis into the relationship between archaeology and modern thought. Thomas explains how archaeology is still dominated by philosophical ideas that developed in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. 275 pages.
Places in Mind 

Schackel, P., and Chambers, E.
New York: Routledge, 2004. ISBN 041594645X.
This collection of papers on scholarly and ethical responsibilities of contemporary archaeologists presents the challenge and promise of conducting archaeological work amongst small communities, indigenous peoples, and descendant groups. It also discusses archaeology through the eyes applied anthropology. 216 pages.
The Reconstructed Past 

Jameson, J.
Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press, 2004. ISBN 0759103755.
A discussion on the debate about reconstruction at archaeology sites. Numerous scholars contribute to the work in an overall analysis of the positive and negative aspects and impacts of reconstructing archaeological sites. 307 pages.
Time and Temporality in the Ancient World 

Rosen, R.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2004. ISBN 1931707677.
This analysis of past cultures and societies is an in-depth look at how people have dealt with temporality throughout time. The author seeks to understand the most persistent theories and practices in relation to time and temporality. 216 pages.
Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture 

McGovern, P.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003. ISBN 0691070806.
Biomolecular archaeologist Patrick McGovern investigates the ancient origins of viniculture, tracking humanity's affinity for wine from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age Greece and ancient Egypt. 365 pages.

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