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USF professor joins 'For Dummies' fold



It all started in November 1991 with DOS For Dummies. Since then, the publishers of the For Dummies series, who bill their books as “lighthearted but not lightweight,” have flooded the market with texts that show readers how to do everything from manage their finances to plan a trip.

Last month, a University of South Florida archaeology professor joined the For Dummies lineup with her book, Archaeology for Dummies.

White Nancy Marie White, left, who helped build USF’s Department of Anthropology, says she was happy for the chance to demystify her field.

“An academic writing a popular book needs to be more aware than ever of cutting the jargon, the long run-on sentences, the obscure references,” White said in a news release. “This was fine with me because those are the qualities I hate about professional writing anyway."

White’s book, published in October, is aimed at both students and interested lay people who simply want to learn more about archaeology. Among other topics, it explores how archaeology examines dig sites around the world and explains theories about ancient human societies.

Donna Winchester, higher education reporter


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:04am]


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