Archaeology, History, and Science: Integrating approaches to ancient materials

Archaeology, History, and Science: Integrating approaches to ancient materials

by Marcos Martinon-Torres
     
 

ISBN-10: 1598743406

ISBN-13: 9781598743401

Pub. Date: 03/31/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Using a combination of historical, archaeological, and scientific data is not an uncommon research practice. Rarely found, however, is a more overt critical consideration of how these sources of information relate to each other, or explicit attempts at developing successful strategies for interdisciplinary work. The authors in this volume provide such critical

Overview

Using a combination of historical, archaeological, and scientific data is not an uncommon research practice. Rarely found, however, is a more overt critical consideration of how these sources of information relate to each other, or explicit attempts at developing successful strategies for interdisciplinary work. The authors in this volume provide such critical perspectives, examining materials from a wide range of cultures and time periods to demonstrate the added value of combining in their research seemingly incompatible or even contradictory sources. Case studies include explorations of the symbolism of flint knives in ancient Egypt, the meaning of cuneiform glass texts, medieval metallurgical traditions, and urban archaeology at industrial sites. This volume is noteworthy, as it offers novel contributions to specific topics, as well as fundamental reflections on the problems and potentials of the interdisciplinary study of the human past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598743401
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Series:
Univ Col London Inst Arch Pub Series
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Illustrations     7
Preface     13
Why Should Archaeologists Take History and Science Seriously?   Marcos Martinon-Torres     15
Licking Knives and Stone Snakes: The Ideology of Flint Knives in Ancient Egypt   Carolyn Graves-Brown     37
Cuneiform Glass Texts: A Question of Meaning   Andrew J. Shortland     61
Pliny on Roman Glassmaking   Ian C. Freestone     77
Ptolemaic and Roman Memphis as a Production Centre   Sally-Ann Ashton     101
Theophilus and the Use of Beech Ash as a Glassmaking Alkali   Caroline M. Jackson   James W. Smedley     117
Medieval Precious Metal Refining: Archaeology and Contemporary Texts Compared   Justine Bayley     131
Lustre Recipes for Hispano-Moresque Ceramic Decoration in Muel (Aragon, Spain), or 'How Much a Little Copper Weighs'   Josefina Perez-Arantegui   Carlos Pardos     151
Naturam ars imitata: European Brassmaking between Craft and Science   Thilo Rehren   Marcos Martinon-Torres     167
Archives and Urban Archaeology: The Fairbank Surveyors' Papers and Work on Brownfield Sites in Sheffield   Anna Badcock   David Crossley     189
About the Authors     209
Index     213

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