9780521880039

Microarchaeology: Beyond the Visible Archaeological Record

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521880039

  • ISBN10:

    0521880033

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-02-15
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

The archaeological record is a combination of what is seen by eye, as well as the microscopic record revealed with the help of instrumentation. The information embedded in the microscopic record can significantly add to our understanding of past human behaviour, provided this information has not been altered by the passage of time. Microarchaeology seeks to understand the microscopic record in terms of the type of information embedded in this record, the materials in which this information resides, and the conditions under which a reliable signal can be extracted. This book highlights the concepts needed to extract information from the microscopic record. Intended for all archaeologists and archaeological scientists, it will be of particular interest to students who have some background in the natural sciences as well as archaeology.

Table of Contents

Archaeology, archaeological science and microarchaeology
Information embedded in the microscopic record
Completeness of the archaeological record
Common mineral components of the archaeological record
Biological materials: bones and teeth
Biological materials: phytoliths, diatoms, eggshells, otoliths and mollusk shells
Reconstructing pyrotechnological processes
Biological molecules and macromolecules: protected niches
Ethnoarchaeology of the microscopic record: learning from the present
Absolute dating: assessing the quality of a date
Reading the microscopic record on-site
Infrared spectroscopy in archaeology
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