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Copyright: 2001
Trim: 6 x 9
Pages: 232 pp.
Illustrations: 59 illus., 7 tables

PAPER
978-0-87480-691-5
$25.00
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Sediments in Archaeological Context

Edited by Julie K. Stein and William R. Farrand

Anthropology / Archaeology

Almost every artifact in archaeological analysis originates in or on the ground. While there are elaborate methods for extracting and analyzing artifacts, treatment of the matrix within which they are located is often unsophisticated and does not include systematic analysis.

Sediments in Archaeological Context concerns the analysis of this matrix and the potential use of sediments to answer archaeological questions. Describing sediments and sampling them in appropriate ways do not replace the study of artifacts, but they can provide additional, useful information regarding a site complex, its physical environment, and the relations of artifacts to each other.

Each chapter in the volume considers sediments within a specific context. Topics include sediments found in a variety of environments: cultural environments, rockshelter and cave environments, dryland alluvial environments, humid alluvial environments, lake environments, shoreline environments, and spring and wetland environments.

Sediments in Archaeological Context is intended for every archaeologist who investigates sites in depositional contexts.


William R. Farrand is director emeritus of the Exhibit Museum of Natural History and professor emeritus of geological sciences at the University of Michigan.
Julie K. Stein is professor of anthropology and dean of computing, facilities, and research at the University of Washington.


Contributors:

Gail Ashley, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey; William Farrand, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Craig Feibel, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey; C. Reid Ferring, University of North Texas, Denton; Bruce G. Gladfelter, University of Illinois, Chicago; Gary Huckleberry, Washington State University, Pullman; Julie K. Stein, University of Washington, Seattle; Lisa Wells, Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee


Table of Contents:

List of Figures
List of Tables

Introduction | Julie K. Stein and William R. Farrand

1. Archaeological Sediments in Cultural Environments | Julie K. Stein
2. Archaeological Sediments in Rockshelters and Caves | William R. Farrand
3. Archaeological Sediments in Dryland Alluvial Environments | Gary Huckleberry
4. Archaeological Sediments in Humid Alluvial Environments | Bruce G. Gladfelter
5. Archaeological Sediments in Lake Margin Environments | Craig S. Feibel
6. Archaeological Sediments in Coastal Environments | Lisa E. Wells
7. Archaeological Sediments in Springs and Wetlands | Gail M. Ashley

Contributors
Index


Praise and Reviews:

"No other book comes close to this in-depth look at the wide array of sedimentary contexts where we find archaeological sites."
—Vance Holliday, University of Wisconsin

"A significant contribution to geoarchaeology."
—Rolfe Mandel, University of Kansas

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