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Alluvial Geoarchaeology

Alluvial Geoarchaeology
Floodplain Archaeology and Environmental Change


Part of Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology

  • Date Published: March 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521568203

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  • This comprehensive manual is designed to give archaeologists the necessary background knowledge in environmental science required to excavate and analyse archaeological sites by rivers and on floodplains. Part I covers the techniques for studying alluvial environments, while Part II reviews the literature on the archaeology of alluvial environments and presents new information on alluviation and site formation in both the British Isles and Mediterranean. An important theme running through the book is the interaction between climatic and cultural forces and the transformation of riverine environments. Bringing together information on the evolution and exploitation of floodplain and river landscapes, it draws on examples from Britain, Europe, North America and Australasia. Alluvial Geoarchaeology will also interest physical geographers, geologists and environmental scientists.

    • Both methodological and chronological
    • Not technically demanding
    • Particularly comprehensively referenced and indexed
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521568203
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 168 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction and the example of the Nile
    Part I. Principles:
    1. Floodplain evolution
    2. Alluvial environments over time
    3. Interpreting floodplain sediments and soils
    4. Floodplain ecology, archaeobotany and archaeozoology
    Part II. Application:
    5. Artifacts from floodplains and rivers
    6. The rise and fall of forested floodplains in North West Europe
    7. Buried sites
    8. Managed floodplains
    9. The cultural archaeology of floodplains
    10. People, floodplains and environmental change
    1. River flow and sediment transport
    2. Flood frequency analysis
    3. Documentary evidence and wetland perceptions
    Subject index.

  • Author

    A. G. Brown, University of Exeter

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