From Black Land to Fifth Sun
The Science of Sacred Sites
By (author) Brian Fagan
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From Black Land to Fifth Sun by Brian Fagan
Book DescriptionUntil recently, archaeology was concerned mainly with piecing together the material lives of our ancestors. In this groundbreaking book, master storyteller and respected archaeologist Brian Fagan explains how cutting-edge science can now take us beyond the artifacts--into the mystical realm of shamans and spirit mediums, ancestor worship, and ritual sacrifice. From the Nile's black land to the Aztec's world of the Fifth Sun, from Stonehenge to Jericho, Fagan describes how Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, Geographic Information Systems, Computer Automated Design-mapping and other sophisticated scientific methods are helping us to decode the religious and spiritual beliefs of our forebears. This new "archaeology of the mind" blends a wealth of scientific disciplines--from botany, zoology, and geology to neuropsychology, palynology, and nuclear physics. With vivid imagery and a transporting voice, Fagan revolutionizes our understanding of the inner lives of ancient people.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780738201412
(229mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 19-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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Great Archaeologists, Hardback (September 2014)» View all books by Brian Fagan
Organized into six thematic sections, this title gives short, vivid biographies and fresh assessments of the achievements of 70 of the worlds greatest practitioners, written by a 40-strong team of contributors, themselves all eminent archaeologists and authors. It is suitable for those fascinated by the human past and its discovery.
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Author Biography - Brian Fagan
Brian Fagan is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he has written many internationally acclaimed popular books about archaeology, including The Little Ice Age, Floods, Famines, and Emperors, and The Long Summer. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.
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