Trim: 8½ x 11
978-0-7591-0380-1 • Hardback • February 2003 • $129.00 • (£99.00)
978-0-7591-0381-8 • Paperback • February 2003 • $51.00 • (£39.00)
Johannes Loubser is a professional archaeologist working for New South Associates, a contract firm in Georgia. He is an expert on rock art and has done field research in North America, South Africa, and Australia.
Chapter 1: Of Pothunters and Pots
Chapter 2: A Peek Through the Keyhole
Chapter 3: Peeling Off the Layers
Chapter 4: The Dating Game
Chapter 5: Order from Chaos
Chapter 6: Spreading the Word
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About the Author
A very original approach to introducing the science of archaeology is taken by Johannes H. N. Loubser in Archaeology: The Comic....Loubser draws upon his considerable expertise to provide readers with a graphic novel approach to explaining archaeology in terms of what it is and how it's done....Ideal for school classroom curriculums, Archaeology: The Comic would also serve as an ideal template for presenting other sciences disciplines!
— Midwest Book Review, April 2003
A powerful teaching tool for budding young archaeologists.
— American Archaeology
The comic book format is highly effective at communicating through drawings and voice ballons what can take pages in a standard text.
— Martin Magne; The Midden
Loubser takes the reader through every major topic in contemporary archaeology from the processural/postprocessural debate to how to properly lay out a site grid, all done through the magic of cartooning.
— Kiva, Vol. 68, No. 4, 2003
Archaeology: The Comic, by rock art expert and contract archaeologist Johannes H. N. Loubser, is perhaps the most unusual introduction to the field ever. This clever, informative, and often goofy book-length comic follows the adventures of a young rural girl named Squizee as she discovers archaeology after pot hunters dig up one of her father's fields...Loubser succeeds in putting together a breezy but informative overview of all things archaeological, from carbon dating to ethical debates over human remains.
— Archaeology, Vol. 56, No. 5 September/October 2003
A good introduction to archaeology for teachers or the general public, the publication is comprehensive enough to be used as a text.
— Saa Archaeology and Public Education Newsletter, Wint. '03
Johannes Loubser's Archaeology the Comic is an introductory archaeology text that uses the graphic novel medium to elucidate many of the trickier technical discussions in archaeology. . . . Archaeology the Comic would work very well for an introductory text for an upper level high school or first year college student; and might be downright perfect for a text accompanying a field school of volunteers and students.