Soils in Archaeological Research

Hardcover | August 10, 2004

byVance T. Holliday

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Soils, invaluable indicators of the nature and history of the physical and human landscape, have strongly influenced the cultural record left to archaeologists. Not only are they primary reservoirs for artifacts, they often encase entire sites. And soil-forming processes in themselves are animportant component of site formation, influencing which artifacts, features, and environmental indicators (floral, faunal, and geological) will be destroyed and to what extent and which will be preserved and how well. In this book, Holliday will address each of these issues in terms offundamentals as well as in field case histories from all over the world. The focus will be on principles of soil geomorphology , soil stratigraphy, and soil chemistry and their applications in archaeological research.

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Soils, invaluable indicators of the nature and history of the physical and human landscape, have strongly influenced the cultural record left to archaeologists. Not only are they primary reservoirs for artifacts, they often encase entire sites. And soil-forming processes in themselves are animportant component of site formation, influ...

Vance T. Holliday is at University of Arizona.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 6.18 × 9.41 × 0.98 inPublished:August 10, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195149653

ISBN - 13:9780195149654

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Terminology and Methodology3. Conceptual Approaches to Pedogenesis4. Soil Surveys and Archaeology5. Soil Stratigraphy6. Soil-Stratigraphy in Geoarchaeological Contexts7. Soils and Time8. Soils and Paleoenvironmental Reconstructions9. Soils and Landscape Evolution10. Soil Genesis and Site Formation Processes11. Human Impacts on SoilsAppendix 1. Variations on U.S.D.A Field NomenclatureAppendix 2. Soil Phosphorus: Chemistry, Analytical Methods, and ChronosequencesAppendix 3. Variability of Soil Laboratory Procedures and Results

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"The volume is well written and illustrated and includes extensive, current bibliography concentrating on, as the title would suggest, archeological applications. This excellent text is suitable for classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and as a general reference for fieldarcheologists. While nonspecialists will find the reading stiff going, professionals outside archeology in the general area of earth sciences will find it a valuable survey of one area of their larger, more general interest" --Choice