Recent developments in methods and analytical techniques which have revolutionized the ways excavations are performed are also covered; as well as new areas within archeology, such as cultural tourism; and major new sites which have expanded our understanding of prehistory and human developments through time.
In addition to significant expansion, first-edition entries have been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the progress that has been made in the last decade and a half.
Neil Asher Silberman is the Director of Programs at the Center for Heritage and Society, University of Massachusetts- Amherst and President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Interpretation and Presentation. The former director of the Ename Center for Public Archaeology and Heritage Presentation, Silberman has written nine books on archaeology, including David and Solomon: In Search of the Bible's Sacred Kings and the Roots of the Western Tradition (Free Press 2006), The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origins of Its Sacred Texts (Free Press 2001; both co-written with Israel Finkelstein), and Heavenly Powers: Unraveling the Secret History of the Kabbalah (Putnam 1998).
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