"If any global archaeologist were asked to name the top ten archaeological discoveries that have made the greatest impact on archaeology and history, most lists would be likely to unanimously mention the following huge impact discoveries: the Rosetta Stone, Pompeii, Nineveh, Troy, King Tut's Tomb, Machu Picchu, Thera-Akrotiri, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Olduvai Gorge starting with the Leakey Era and the Tomb of the Ten Thousand Warriors in China. This exciting book, written with a taut narrative, relates the dramatic moments of these discoveries and highlights their significance to history."
"...Hunt writes colorfully and enthusiastically...an enjoyable, wide-ranging introduction to the importance of archaeology in writing-or rewriting-history."
Library Journal, Aug, 2007
"...A concise, well-written, and engrossing read."
Manhattan Public Library, Dec, 2008
"...Captivating volume catalogs ten earth-shaking archaeological finds brought to light in only the relatively recent past. The accounts skillfully convey the excitement of discovery..." --
Social Studies School Service, 2008
The Daily Galaxy, Sept 2007
Published by Penguin / Plume Publishers, Fall 2007
This book is now available in five languages.
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Patrick Hunt's Alpine Archaeology is born out of more than a decade of widespread high altitude archaeological field research in the Alps. The author conducted this study while directing the Stanford Alpine Archaeological Project. Alpine archaeology is a specialized field where normal archaeological principles such as stratigraphy, pedology, data recording, anthropogenic features, materials analyses etc. apply but where contextual and climatic conditions are unique. While observations in the first part of the book have been derived mostly from fieldwork in the Grand-St-Bernard region, those discussed in the second part are derived from the Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project's most important ongoing research, which is focused on attempting to trace Hannibal's route over the Alps in 218 BCE.
Publisher: University Readers and Ariel Books (March 15, 2007)
Paperback: 168 pages
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Archaeology in the Alps is a topic of research covering millennia of occupation and transit through these formidable mountains, from at least the Mesolithic Era circa 9000 BCE when the European glaciers began to sufficiently recede to allow hunting and temporary camps as well as stone tool acquisition. With spectacular finds like "Otzi" the Ice Man in 1991, Neolithic, Copper and Bronze Ages are followed by Iron Age (specifically Hallstat and La Tene cultures), as well as the Celtic tribes concurrent with Greek trade and early Roman expansion. Not since Ludwig Pauli's seminal 1984 study has a book addressed the long record of human prehistory and history in the Alps.
To be published by L'Erma di Bretschneider in Rome (ISBN pending), will be available through publisher and at Stanford University Bookstore in 2018.
Click here to learn how Cultural Heritage Imaging and the Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project worked together to digitally document Roman artifacts and objects from the collection Archeologique du Musee de l'Hospice du Grand St. Bernard.