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Fagan, Brian M.

Works: 315 works in 1,307 publications in 9 languages and 63,280 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries  Biography  Case studies  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Author of screenplay, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: CC70, 930.1
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Brian M Fagan
The Oxford companion to archaeology ( Book )
31 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 2,941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The range of subjects covered here is breath-taking - everything from the domestication of the camel, to Egyptian hieroglyphics, to luminescence dating, to the Mayan calendar, to Koobi Fora and Olduvai Gorge. Readers will find extensive essays that illuminate the full history of archaeology - from the discovery of Herculaneum in 1783, to the recent finding of the "Ice Man," and the ancient city of Uruk - and engaging biographies of the great figures in the field, from Gertrude Bell, Paul Emile Botta, and Louis and Mary Leakey, to V. Gordon Childe, Li Chi, Heinrich Schliemann, and Max Uhle. The Companion offers extensive coverage of the methods used in archaeological research, revealing how archaeologists find sites (remote sensing, aerial photography, ground survey), how they map excavations and report findings, and how they analyze artifacts (radiocarbon dating, dendrochronology, stratigraphy, mortuary analysis)
Floods, famines, and emperors : El Niño and the fate of civilizations by Brian M Fagan( Book )
25 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 2,692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this dazzlingly original new book, archaeologist Brian Fagan shows that short-term climate shifts have been a major--and hitherto unrecogonized--force in history. El Nino-driven droughts have brought on the collapse of dynasties in Egypt; El Nino monsoon failures have caused historic famines in India; and El Nino floods have destroyed whole civilizations in Peru. Other short-term climate changes may have caused the mysterious abandonment of the Anasizi dwellings of the American Southwest and the collapse of the ancient Maya empire, as well as changed the course of European history
The great journey : the peopling of ancient America by Brian M Fagan( Book )
14 editions published between 1987 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This magnificently readable book, fully illustrated with maps, photographs and reconstruction drawings, gives the most authoritative and up-to-date account of the first Americans yet produced
The Little Ice Age : how climate made history, 1300-1850 by Brian M Fagan( Book )
23 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 2,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A new perspective on familiar events in history describes how a 500-year change in climate that lasted from A.D. 1300 until 1850 shaped modern European history
The long summer : how climate changed civilization by Brian M Fagan( Book )
36 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in 5 languages and held by 2,226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Until very recently, we had no detailed record of climate changes during the Holocene. Now we do, and Brian Fagan shows us how climate functioned as what historian Paul Kennedy described as one of the "deeper transformations" of history - a more important factor than we have heretofore understood." "In The Long Summer, Fagan shows how a thousand-year chill caused by the sudden shutting off of the Gulf Stream led people in the Near East to abandon hunting and gathering to take up the cultivation of plant foods; how the catastrophic flood that created the Black Sea drove settlers deep into Europe; how a subsequent warming and drying of the Sahara forced its cattle-herding peoples to take up a less hazardous life along the banks of the Nile; how the Roman Empire extended north in Gaul only as far - and for as long - as the climate allowed sustained cereal farming; and how a period of increased rainfall in East Africa in the sixth century spread rat populations and the bubonic plague throughout the Mediterranean, and how this in turn spurred massive migrations that helped shape modern Europe and the Middle East." "The Long Summer illuminates for the first time the centuries-long pattern of human adaptation to the demands and challenges of an ever-changing climate - demands and challenges that are still with us today."--Jacket
The rape of the Nile : tomb robbers, tourists, and archaeologists in Egypt by Brian M Fagan( Book )
49 editions published between 1975 and 2009 in 6 languages and held by 2,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This is a thoroughly revised edition of The Rape of the Nile - Brian Fagan's classic account of the cavalcade of archaeologists, thieves, and sightseers who have flocked to the Nile Valley since ancient times. Long considered a benchmark in narrative archaeology, this edition updates the saga with new accounts of stunning recent discoveries - including the Royal Tombs of Tanis, the Valley of Golden Mummies at Bahariya, the Tomb of the Sons of Ramses, and the sunken city of Alexandria (whose lighthouse was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World). Fagan concludes with an assessment of the impact of modern mass tourism on archaeological sites and artifacts."--BOOK JACKET
People of the earth = formerly Men of the earth : an introduction to world prehistory by Brian M Fagan( Book )
64 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the beginning; an introduction to archaeology by Brian M Fagan( Book )
49 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The great warming : climate change and the rise and fall of civilizations by Brian M Fagan( Book )
11 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and Chinese and held by 1,821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the 10th to the 15th centuries, the earth experienced a rise in surface temperature that changed climate worldwide--a preview of today's global warming. In some areas, including Western Europe, longer summers brought bountiful harvests and population growth that led to cultural flowering. In the Arctic, Inuit and Norse sailors made cultural connections across thousands of miles as they traded precious iron goods. Polynesian sailors, riding new wind patterns, were able to settle the remotest islands on earth. But in many parts of the world, the warm centuries brought drought and famine. Elaborate societies in western and Central America collapsed, and the vast building complexes of Chaco Canyon and the Mayan Yucatan were left empty. Anthropologist and historian Brian Fagan reveals how subtle changes in the environment had far-reaching effects on human life, in a narrative that sweeps from the Arctic ice cap to the Sahara to the Indian Ocean.--From publisher description
Fish on Friday : feasting, fasting, and the discovery of the New World by Brian M Fagan( Book )
18 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 1,774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Fish on Friday tells a new story of the discovery of America. In Brian Fagan's view, that discovery is the product of the long sweep of history: the spread of Christianity and the radical cultural changes it brought to Europe, the interaction of economic necessity with a changing climate, and generations of unknown fishermen who explored the North Atlantic in the centuries before Columbus. The Church's tradition of not eating meats on holy days created a vast market for fish that could not be fully satisfied by fish farms, better boats, or new preservation techniques. Then, when climate change in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries diminished fish stocks off Norway and Iceland, fishermen were forced to range ever farther to the west - eventually discovering incredibly rich shoals within sight of Newfoundland."--Jacket
Ancient North America : the archaeology of a continent by Brian M Fagan( Book )
31 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in English and held by 1,544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Describes the ancient cultures of North America based on archaeological findings, including extensive sections on the background of North American exploration and archaeology, the Paleo-Indians, the Great Plains, the Far North, the West, and the Eastern Woodlands, and a chapter on European contact
Time detectives : how archeologists use technology to recapture the past by Brian M Fagan( Book )
8 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The focus of archeology has changed from collecting artifacts to using advanced technology to learn more about how our ancestors lived
The journey from Eden : the peopling of our world by Brian M Fagan( Book )
20 editions published between 1990 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 1,376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Addresses how our ancestors succeeded in colonizing the globe
Eyewitness to discovery : first-person accounts of more than fifty of the world's greatest archaeological discoveries by Brian M., ed Fagan( Book )
9 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 1,292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Eyewitness to Discovery, Brian M. Fagan gathers together 55 vivid accounts of the world's greatest archaeological discoveries, from the tomb of Tutankhamun and the Aegean Marbles to Otzi the Iceman and Macchu Picchu, told by the people who discovered them. The selections chronicle the development of the field, from the early 1700s when archaeology was little more than a lighthearted treasure hunt, to the late twentieth century when discoveries often come not only from spectacular excavations, but also from the screens of computers or from the analysis of pollen grains invisible to the naked eye. Fagan provides engaging, informative introductions to each selection, as well as an introduction to the volume that lays out the history of archaeology. But the heart of the book is the excitement of the discoveries themselves
The adventure of archaeology by Brian M Fagan( Book )
22 editions published between 1985 and 1989 in 5 languages and held by 1,269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Illustrations and the excitement of digging
Writing archaeology telling stories about the past by Brian M Fagan( )
10 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 1,240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
America's best-known popular author of archaeology distills decades of experience in this brief guide designed to help others wanting to broaden the audience for their work. Brian Fagan's no nonsense approach explains how to get started writing, how to use the tools of experienced writers to make archaeology come alive for the general public, and how to get your work revised and finished. He also describes the process by which publishers decide to accept your work, and the track your publication will follow after it is accepted by a press. Dealing with several genres of popular publication-art
Clash of cultures by Brian M Fagan( Book )
19 editions published between 1984 and 1998 in English and held by 1,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Clash of Cultures, Second Edition, is a captivating exploration of the Age of Discovery, when Western civilization first came into contact - and conflict - with all the other peoples of the world. Internationally known archeologist Brian Fagan draws on original sources and scholarly writing from dozens of academic disciplines to chart the tragic effects of first contact, illuminating the resulting racism, ethnocentrism, and ever-growing chasm between industrial nations and traditional societies. This seminal book includes case studies covering a wide variety of societies, including the Khoikhoi of South Africa, the Aztecs of Mexico, and the Tahitians. Special attention is paid to the Hurons of Canada, the natives of the American Northwest, and the Tasmanians and Maori of New Zealand. The second edition includes a new introduction, chapters on early Japan and the effects of epidemic disease, and a revised guide to further reading. Clash of Cultures is an ideal text for students studying the background of the modern world
Kingdoms of gold, kingdoms of jade : the Americas before Columbus by Brian M Fagan( Book )
8 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1,180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Summary: A compelling account of pre-Columbian America covering topics such as history and mythology, archaeology and ethnography, all in a magnificent narrative of the rise and fall of America's ancient civilizations
Archaeology : a brief introduction by Brian M Fagan( Book )
26 editions published between 1978 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This 6th edition sets the standard for an introduction to the field, drawing on examples from all periods of the human past. It provides the reader with authoritative knowledge on basic principles, methods, and theoretical approaches to archaeology
Discovery! : unearthing the new treasures of archaeology by Brian M Fagan( Book )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and French and held by 1,168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the Publisher: New archaeological treasures and finds that reshape our view of the past, recounted by the discoverers themselves. An unprecedented look inside contemporary archaeology, Discovery! reveals the most exciting, significant, and astonishing finds from the last fifteen years. Many of the book's contributions are written by the discoverers themselves, who give firsthand accounts of their work and assess the significance. They include famous Egyptologists such as Zahi Hawass, Kent Weeks, and Alain Zivie; pioneering underwater explorers such as Franck Goddio; and leading excavators and scientists from America, Britain, China, France, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, and elsewhere. Discovery! spans two million years of history, from the latest fossil discoveries that rewrite the story of human origins to wrecks of early submarines and ironclads from the American Civil War. There are revelations about the pyramids of Giza, a just-discovered royal tomb in the Valley of the Kings, and gold-filled burials of Assyrian queens at Nimrud, Iraq. Italy's Ice Man and spectacular Inca mummies from high in the Andes bring us face to face with people from the past, while stunning wall paintings from San Bartolo in Guatemala revolutionize our knowledge of the ancient Maya. International in scope and totally authoritative, the book is illustrated throughout with spectacular photographs, many taken at the very moment of discovery
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Alternative Names
Fagan, Brian.
Fagan Brian 1936-....
Fagan, Brian M. 1936-
Fagan, Brian M. (Brian Murray), 1936-
Fagan, Brian Murray.
Fagan, Brian-Murray 1936-
Fagen, Bulian M. 1936-
Fegans, Braiens M.
Murray Fagan, Brian 1936-
פאגן, בריאן מ.
بريان م. فاجان، 1936-
فاغان، براين، 1936-
フェイガン, B. M
フェイガン, ブライアン・M
法根, 布里安 M. 1936-
费根布莱恩 M.
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