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Environmental Archaeology

Environmental Archaeology
Principles and Practice

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  • Date Published: September 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521310772

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  • Archaeologists today need a wide range of scientific approaches in order to delineate and interpret the ecology of their sites. But borrowing concepts from other disciplines demands a critical understanding, and the methods must be appropriate to particular sets of data. This book is an authoritative and essential guide to methods, ranging from techniques for measuring time with isotopes and magnetism to the sciences of climate reconstruction, geomorphology, sedimentology, soil science, paleobotany and faunal paleoecology. Their applications are illustrated by examples from the Paleolithic, through classical civilizations, to urban archaeology.

    • Incorporates all the ancilliary sciences used by archaeologists in analysing paleoenvironments and intended as a general reference
    • Key text for undergraduate and graduate students in environmental archaeology, which is taught in all major archaeological courses
    • Maintains human ecological perspective throughout
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This book is a well-written and informative discourse on environmental archaeology." Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology

    "This important addition to the archaeological literature is certain to benefit graduate teaching in environmental archaeology." CHOICE March 2001

    "Dincauze's comprehensive book provides an excellent survey of the study of environmental data and paleocology at archeological sites." CHOICE March 2001

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521310772
    • length: 620 pages
    • dimensions: 241 x 170 x 33 mm
    • weight: 1.223kg
    • contains: 23 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Environmental archaeology and human ecology
    2. Concepts for paleoenvironmental reconstruction
    3. Mechanisms of environmental change
    4. Human responses to environmental change
    Part II:
    5. Introduction to chronometry and correlation
    6. Measuring time with isotopes and magnetism
    Part III:
    7. Climate: the driving forces
    8. Climate reconstruction
    Part IV. Geomorphology:
    9. Landforms
    10. Landforms of shores and shallow water
    Part V. Sediments and Soils:
    11. Basic principles of sedimentology and soils science
    12. Archaeological matrices
    Part V. Vegetation:
    13. Concepts and methods of paleobotany
    14. Vegetation in paleoecology
    15. Concepts and methods for faunal paleoenvironments
    16. Faunal paleoecology
    17. Humans among animals
    Part VIII. Integration:
    18. Anthropocentric paleoecology.

  • Author

    Dena F. Dincauze, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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