Skip to main content
Cover for Maps for Time Travelers

Maps for Time Travelers

How Archaeologists Use Technology to Bring Us Closer to the Past

Mark D. McCoy


List Price: 26.95*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Popular culture is rife with movies, books, and television shows that address our collective curiosity about what the world was like long ago. From historical dramas to science fiction tales of time travel, audiences love stories that reimagine the world before our time. But what if there were a field that, through the advancements in technology, could bring us closer to the past than ever before?
Written by a preeminent expert in geospatial archaeology, Maps for Time Travelers is a guide to how technology is revolutionizing the way archaeologists study and reconstruct humanity’s distant past. From satellite imagery to 3D modeling, today archaeologists are answering questions about human history that could previously only be imagined. As archaeologists create a better and more complete picture of the past, they sometimes find that truth is stranger than fiction.

Praise For Maps for Time Travelers: How Archaeologists Use Technology to Bring Us Closer to the Past

"[A] cogent survey of the geospatial technological advances over the last few decades. . . . [and] an engaging introduction, for the general reader, to the very nature of archaeological research."
— Geography Realm

"[An] impassioned study written to change popular perceptions of archaeology."
— Nature

University of California Press, 9780520303164, 280pp.

Publication Date: May 19, 2020

About the Author

Mark D. McCoy is an expert in geospatial archaeology and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of over forty scientific journal articles on the archaeology of the Pacific Islands.