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Ritual Violence in the Ancient Andes: Reconstructing Sacrifice on the North Coast of Peru

by Haagen D. Klaus & J. Marla Toyne

Traditions of sacrifice exist in almost every human culture and often embody a society's most meaningful religious and symbolic acts. Ritual violence was particularly varied and enduring in the prehistoric South...


Unlocking the Past: How Archaeologists Are Rewriting Human History with Ancient DNA

by Martin Jones

In Unlocking the Past, Martin Jones, a leading expert at the forefront of bioarchaeology—the discipline that gave Michael Crichton the premise for Jurassic Park—explains how this pioneering science is rewriting...


A Material Culture

Sacrifice, Violence, and Ideology Among the Moche: The Rise of Social Complexity in Ancient Peru

by Steve Bourget

In a special precinct dedicated to ritual sacrifice at Huaca de la Luna on the north coast of Peru, about seventy-five men were killed and dismembered, their remains and body parts then carefully rearranged...


Creating Great Visitor Experiences: A Guide for Museums, Parks, Zoos, Gardens & Libraries

by Stephanie Weaver

Museum and other non-profit professionals have begun to realize that the complete visitor experience is the key to repeat attendance, successful fundraising, and building audience loyalty. Taking lessons learned...


Museums, Ethics and Cultural Heritage

by ICOM

This volume provides an unparalleled exploration of ethics and museum practice, considering the controversies and debates which surround key issues such as provenance, ownership, cultural identity, environmental...


Mediterranean Voyages: The Archaeology of Island Colonisation and Abandonment

by Helen Dawson

Islands are ideal case studies for exploring social connectivity, episodes of colonisation, abandonment, and alternating phases of cultural interaction and isolation. Their societies display different attitudes...


Museum Store: The Manager's Guide, Fourth Edition: Basic Guidelines for the New Museum Store Manager

by Museum Store Association

Museum Store: The Manager's Guide is a practical guide for any store manager who needs guidance about visual merchandising, measuring performance, managing volunteers and much more. This eight-chapter volume...


Peruvian Archaeology: A Critical History

by Henry Tantaleán

This book offers a unique, critical perspective on the history of Peruvian archaeology by a native scholar. Leading Peruvian archaeologist Henry Tantaleán illuminates the cultural legacy of colonialism beginning...


Plain Pottery Traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East: Production, Use, and Social Significance

by Claudia Glatz

The evolution and proliferation of plain and predominantly wheel-made pottery presents a characteristic feature of the societies of the Near East and Eastern Mediterranean since the fourth millennium B.C. This...


Rethinking Agriculture: Archaeological and Ethnoarchaeological Perspectives

by Timothy P Denham & José|Vrydaghs, Luc Iriarte

Although the need to study agriculture in different parts of the world on its "own terms" has long been recognized and re-affirmed, a tendency persists to evaluate agriculture across the globe using concepts,...


Return to Alexandria: An Ethnography of Cultural Heritage Revivalism and Museum Memory

by Beverley Butler

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina was launched with great fanfare in the 1990s, a project of UNESCO and the Egyptian government to recreate the glory of the Alexandria Library and Museion of the ancient world. The...


Shamans, Queens, and Figurines: The Development of Gender Archaeology

by Sarah Milledge Nelson

Sarah Nelson, recognized as one of the key figures in studying gender in the ancient world and women in archaeology, brings together much of the work she has done over three decades into a single volume. The...


Stones Standing: Archaeology, Colonialism, and Ecotourism in Northern Laos

by Anna Källén

This book is an inquiry into the relationships between archaeology, colonialism and ecotourism at the famous standing stones of Hintang, Laos. It investigates the conditions under which archaeological knowledge...


The New Store Workbook, Third Edition: The Essential Steps from Business Plan to Opening Day

by Museum Store Association

The New Store Workbook gets down to the nitty gritty of planning to open a new museum store, from calculating the sales dollars needed per square foot, to estimating dollars spent by visitors, all the way to...


The Tourists Gaze, The Cretans Glance: Archaeology and Tourism on a Greek Island

by Philip Duke

As researchers bring their analytic skills to bear on contemporary archaeological tourism, they find that it is as much about the present as the past. Philip Duke's study of tourists gazing at the remains of...


Transforming Archaeology: Activist Practices and Prospects

by Sonya Atalay, Lee Rains Clauss & Randall H McGuire

Archaeology for whom? The dozen well-known contributors to this innovative volume suggest nothing less than a transformation of the discipline into a service-oriented, community-based endeavor. They wish to...


Traveling Prehistoric Seas: Critical Thinking on Ancient Transoceanic Voyages

by Alice Beck Kehoe

Until recently the theory that people could have traversed large expanses of ocean in prehistoric times was considered pseudoscience. But recent discoveries in places as disparate as Australia, Labrador, Crete,...


Treasures from Native California: The Legacy of Russian Exploration

by Travis Hudson, Craig D Bates & Thomas Blackburn

The brief Russian presence in California yielded some of the earliest ethnography of Native Californians and some of the best collections of their material culture. Unstudied by western scholars because of their...


Violence and Warfare among Hunter-Gatherers

by Mark W Allen & Terry L Jones

How did warfare originate? Was it human genetics? Social competition? The rise of complexity? Intensive study of the long-term hunter-gatherer past brings us closer to an answer. The original chapters in this...