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Microarchaeology
Beyond the Visible Archaeological Record

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  • Date Published: April 2010
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  • isbn: 9780511686573

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  • The archaeological record is a combination of what is seen by eye, as well as the microscopic record revealed with the help of instrumentation. The information embedded in the microscopic record can significantly add to our understanding of past human behaviour, provided this information has not been altered by the passage of time. Microarchaeology seeks to understand the microscopic record in terms of the type of information embedded in this record, the materials in which this information resides, and the conditions under which a reliable signal can be extracted. This book highlights the concepts needed to extract information from the microscopic record. Intended for all archaeologists and archaeological scientists, it will be of particular interest to students who have some background in the natural sciences as well as archaeology.

    • Emphasises the nature of the materials in which information is embedded and the problems associated with extracting a real signal
    • Contains the only systematic source of information on infrared spectroscopy applications in archaeology
    • A web-based standards library for free downloading so that the reader can use this invaluable tool more effectively
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    'I found [this book] so engaging and useful that I read it through with extreme care, rereading and highlighting key passages … It is a textbook, hopefully the first one in a new subfield, microarchaeology, that will become a required component of rigorous archaeology training at both the undergraduate and graduate level.' Hector Neff, Geoarchaeology: An International Journal

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    • Date Published: April 2010
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511686573
    • contains: 100 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Archaeology, archaeological science and microarchaeology
    2. Information embedded in the microscopic record
    3. Completeness of the archaeological record
    4. Common mineral components of the archaeological record
    5. Biological materials: bones and teeth
    6. Biological materials: phytoliths, diatoms, eggshells, otoliths and mollusk shells
    7. Reconstructing pyrotechnological processes
    8. Biological molecules and macromolecules: protected niches
    9. Ethnoarchaeology of the microscopic record: learning from the present
    10. Absolute dating: assessing the quality of a date
    11. Reading the microscopic record on-site
    12. Infrared spectroscopy in archaeology.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Archaeological Sciences
    • Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials: Analysis and Preservation
    • Archaeology Under the Microscope
    • Archaeology and Materials Science
    • Geoarchaeology
  • Author

    Stephen Weiner, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
    Stephen Weiner is Director of the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He is the author, with Heinz A. Lowenstam, of On Biomineralization and has published more than 300 scientific journal articles.

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