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An Introduction to Archaeological Chemistry

Price, T. Douglas, Burton, James H.

2011, XXXII, 311 p.

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  • Explains advanced concepts in a clear, straightforward language
  • Comprehensive coverage of Archaeological Science from professors with twenty years teaching experience
  • Enhanced by color images and original explanatory diagrams
Archaeological chemistry is a subject of great importance to the study and methodology of archaeology. This comprehensive text covers the subject with a full range of case studies, materials, and research methods. With twenty years of experience teaching the subject, the authors offer straightforward coverage of archaeological chemistry, a subject that can be intimidating for many archaeologists who do not already have a background in the hard sciences. With clear explanations and informative illustrations, the authors have created a highly approachable text, which will help readers overcome that intimidation. Topics covered included: Materials (rock, pottery, bone, charcoal, soils, metals, and others), Instruments (microscopes, NAA, spectrometers, mass spectrometers, GC/MS, XRF & XRD, Case Studies (Provinience, Sediments, Diet Reconstruction, Past Human Movement, Organic Residues). The detailed coverage and clear language will make this useful as an introduction to the study of archaeological chemistry, as well as a useful resource for years after that introduction.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Archaeology Laboratory - Artifact analysis - Materials Studies - an introduction to Archaeological Science - archaeological dating techniques - authentication in archaeology - environment and diet - ethical considerations in archaeology - identification in archaeology - technology, function, and human activity

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology - Characterization & Evaluation of Materials

Table of contents 

Preface.- Archaeological Chemistry.- Archaeological Questions.- Archaeological Materials.- Laboratory Instruments.- Case Studies.- Appendices.- Glossary.- Index.

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