Geological Methods for Archaeology by Norman HerzGeological Methods for Archaeology by Norman Herz

Geological Methods for Archaeology

byNorman Herz, Ervan G. Garrison

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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This book discusses the application of geological methods and theory to archaeology. Written as a survey text covering appropriate methods and techniques taken from geology, geophysics, geochemistry, and geochronology, it shows the student the practicality and importance of each technique'suse in solving archaeological problems. Specific techniques are illustrated by practical results obtained from the authors' use on archaeological digs. With an international geographical scope, the book draws on sites from both hemispheres, including the Franchthi Cave in Greece, St. Catherines Island in the U.S., the Roman site of Drand in France, and Monte Verde, Chile. The authors also address applications in less traditional areas such asunderwater, historical, industrial, and conservation archaeology.

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Norman Herz is at University of Georgia. Ervan G. Garrison is at Society of Archaelogical Sciences.

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Title:Geological Methods for ArchaeologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 6.42 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195090241

ISBN - 13:9780195090246

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Table of Contents

1. The scope of archaeological geologyPart I: The archaeological site and its environment2. Geomorphology in archaeology3. Sediments and soilsPart II: Dating techniques4. Chemical methods5. Radioactive methods6. Radiation-damage, cosmogenic, and atom-counting methods7. Other chronological methodsPart III: Site Exploration8. Archaeogeophysical exploration9. Soil phosphate in archaeological surveysPart IV: Artifact analysis10. Archaeological materials: rocks and minerals11. Instrumental analytical techniques12. Metallic minerals and archaeological geology13. Ceramics14. Applications of stable isotopes in archaeological geology

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"Herz and Garrison (p viii) state that the purpose of their book . . . is to 'show archaeologists the many ways that geological sciences can help solve their problems.' The authors divide their book into four major sections with multiple chapters in each section. Part I, 'The ArchaeologicalSite and Its Environment,' presents a discussion of geomorphology, sediments, and soils; Part II, 'Dating Techniques,' covers chemical, radioactive, and other methods of dating; Part III, 'Site Exploration,' addresses geophysical and geochemical applications to archaeology; and Part IV, 'ArtifactAnalysis,' offers a discussion of the analysis of the raw materials used to manufacture artifacts and features."--Geoarchaeology