Archaelogical Chemistry #968: Analytical Techniques and Archaeological Interpretation

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Archaeologists, historians, chemists, and physicists have employed a variety of chemical and physical approaches to study artifacts and historical objects since at least the late 18th century. During the past 50 years, the chemistry of archaeological materials has increasingly been used to address a broad spectrum of anthropological topics, including preservation, dating, nativity, exchange, provenance, and manufacturing technology. This book brings together 28 papers that address how various analytical techniques can be used to address specific archaeological questions. Chemists, archaeologists, geologists, graduate students, and others in related disciplines who are investigating the use of archaeometric techniques will find this book of interest.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780841274136
  • Publisher: American Chemical Society
  • Publication date: 8/16/2007
  • Series: ACS Symposium Series, #968
  • Pages: 584
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     xi
Expanding the Range of Electron Spin Resonance Dating   Anne R. Skinner   Bonnie A. B. Blackwell   Maysun M. Hasan   Joel I. B. Blickstein     1
Toward the Classification of Colorants in Archaeological Textiles of Eastern North America   Christel M. Baldia   Kathryn A. Jakes     15
Infrared Examination of Fiber and Particulate Residues from Archaeological Textiles   Kathryn A. Jakes   Christel M. Baldia   Amanda J. Thompson     44
Extraction and Analysis of DNA from Archaeological Specimens   Brian M. Kemp   Cara Monroe   David Glenn Smith     78
Using Archaeological Chemistry to Investigate the Geographic Origins of Trophy Heads in the Central Andes: Strontium Isotope Analysis at the Wari Site of Conchopata   Kelly J. Knudson   Tiffiny A. Tung     99
Interpreting Stable Isotopic Analyses: Case Studies on Sardinian Prehistory   Luca Lai   Robert H. Tykot   Jessica F. Beckett   Rosalba Floris   Ornella Fonzo   Elena Usai   Maria Rosaria Manunza   Ethan Goddard   David Hollander     114
Bitumen in Neolithic Iran: Biomolecular and Isotopic Evidence   Michael W. Gregg   Rhea Brettell   BenjaminStern     137
Surface Analysis of a Black Deposit from Little Lost River Cave, Idaho   Reshmi Perumplavil   Ruth Ann Armitage     152
Shell Bead Sourcing: A Comparison of Two Techniques on Olivella biplicata Shells and Beads from Western North America   Jelmer W. Eerkens   Jeffrey S. Rosenthal   Howard J. Spero   Ryoji Shiraki   Gregory S. Herbert     167
Archaeological Soils and Sediments: Application of Microfocus Synchrotron X-ray Scattering, Diffraction, and Fluorescence Analyses in Thin-Section   W. Paul Adderley   Ian A. Simpson   Raymond Barrett   Timothy J. Wess     194
Quantitative Modeling of Soil Chemical Data from Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy Reveals Evidence for Cooking and Eating in Ancient Mesoamerican Plazas   E. Christian Wells   Claire Novotny   James R. Hawken     210
Chemical Composition of Song Dynasty, Chinese, Copper-Based Coins via Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence   Jessica Misner   Jeffe Boats   Mark A. Benvenuto     231
Elemental Compositions of Herodian Prutah, Copper Coins-of the Biblical "Widow's Mites" Series-via Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence   Meghann Mouyianis   Jeffe Boats   Mark A. Benvenuto     246
Chemical Composition of the Isfiya and Qumran Coin Hoards   Michael Notis   Aaron Shugar   Danny Herman   Donald T. Ariel     258
Selected Applications of Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry to Archaeological Research   Robert J. Speakman   Michael D. Glascock   Robert H. Tykot   Christophe Descantes   Jennifer J. Thatcher   Craig E. Skinner   Kyra M. Lienhop     275
Evaluating the Precision Requirements for Isotope Ratio Determination of Archaeological Materials Using Laser Ablation-Time-of-Flight-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry Increasing Ratio Precision   John V. Dudgeon   Hector Neff   Andrew "Flynn" Saint   William Balsanek     297
Lead Isotope Analysis of Roman Carthage Curse Tablets   Sheldon Skaggs     311
Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Ancient Copper Alloy Artifacts   Laure Dussubieux     336
Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry Analysis Applied to the Characterization of Peruvian Wari Ceramics   Laure Dussubieux   Mark Golitko   Patrick Ryan Williams   Robert J. Speakman     349
Characterization of Building Materials from the Brick Chapel at Historic St. Mary's City   Ruth Ann Armitage   Leah Minc   Silas Hurry   Melissa Doolin     364
Characterization of 15th-16th Century Majolica Pottery Found on the Canary Islands   Javier Garcia Inanez   Jaume Buxeda i Garrigos   Robert J. Speakman   Michael D. Glascock   Elena Sosa Suarez     376
Intraregional Provenancing of Philistine Pottery from Israel   David Ben-Shlomo     399
The Technology of Mesopotamian Ceramic Glazes   David V. Hill   Robert J. Speakman   Michael D. Glascock   Hector Neff     423
Analysis of Historic Latter-day Saint Pottery Glazes by Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry   Nicole C. Little   Timothy J. Scarlett   Robert J. Speakman   Michael D. Glascock   Christopher W. Merritt     447
Fingerprinting Specular Hematite from Mines in Botswana, Southern Africa   Adam V. Kiehn   George A. Brook   Michael D. Glascock   Jonathan Z. Dake   Lawrence H. Robbins   Alec C. Campbell   Michael L. Murphy     460
Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis of Ochre Artifacts from Jiskairumoko, Peru   Rachel S. Popelka-Filcoff   Nathan Craig   Michael D. Glascock   J. David Robertson   Mark Aldenderfer   Robert J. Speakman      480
Feasibility of Field-Portable XRF to Identify Obsidian Sources in Central Peten, Guatemala   Leslie G. Cecil   Matthew D. Moriarty   Robert J. Speakman   Michael D. Glascock     506
Sources of Archaeological Obsidian in Peru: Descriptions and Geochemistry   Michael D. Glascock   Robert J. Speakman   Richard L. Burger     522
Author Index     555
Subject Index     557
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