Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology

Handbook for the Analysis of Micro-Particles in Archaeological Samples

Editors: Henry, Amanda G. (Ed.)

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  • Detailed explanation of methods for beginners
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  • Covers more than ten different archaeologically-relevant micro-particle types
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About this Textbook

This handbook provides a resource for those already familiar with some kinds of micro-particles who wish to learn more about others, or for those just starting out in the study of microremains who wish to have a broad understanding about microscopic archaeology. Topics covered in this handbook include diatom microfossils, starch granules, pollen grains, phytoliths, natural fibers, volcanic glass, minerals, insect remains, and feathers.

Archaeological investigations increasingly rely on specialist identification of microscopic remnants found in sites. These micro-particles can provide information about the site environment and human activities that may not be apparent from artifacts and materials preserved on the macro-scale, and have given us new, and often high-profile, information about our past. The investigation of this "invisible archaeology" - that is, invisible to the naked eye - is still somewhat new, and generally each kind of micro-particle is studied individually. Researchers become experts in a narrow range of micro-particle types, but may be less familiar with, or even completely unaware of, the multitude of other forms that are frequently encountered in archaeological samples. This handbook’s accessible approach is suitable for those at the beginner level. 

About the authors

Dr. Amanda G. Henry received her PhD in Hominid Paleobiology from the George Washington University, with a project looking at the consumption of plants by Neanderthals and early modern humans. She is broadly interested in plant foods and diet in the past, including the use of plant microremains such as starch grains and phytoliths as archaeological markers. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook for the Analysis of Micro-Particles in Archaeological Samples
Editors
  • Amanda G. Henry
Series Title
Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-42622-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-42622-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-42621-7
Series ISSN
1568-2722
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 304
Number of Illustrations
35 b/w illustrations, 44 illustrations in colour
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