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  • Date Published: November 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521578523


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  • This book is an encyclopedic treatment of shell analysis with material suitable for students and professional archaeologists and paleontologists. It covers the history of archaeological interest in shells, the biology of freshwater and marine mollusks, and critically discusses current techniques, methods, and research problems. What can shells tell us about the environmental characteristics and ancient habitats or about the people who collected them? These and other fascinating questions are raised in this authoritative, accessible text.

    • Offers the only substantial treatment of shell taphonomy for archaeologists
    • Good worldwide coverage and wide ranging references
    • Well balanced, and all aspects of the subject are clearly represented
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    "...both Claassen and Cambridge Press are to be commended to their devotion to providing the archaeological community with such a useful volume." Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521578523
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 251 x 180 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 21 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The archaeology of shell matrix sites
    2. Shelled animals: biology and predation
    3. Diagenesis and taphonomy
    4. Quantification of archaeological shells
    5. Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction
    6. Season of death techniques
    7. Dietary reconstruction
    8. The shell artifact
    9. Shells and social organization.

  • Author

    Cheryl Claassen, Appalachian State University, North Carolina

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