Artifacts

Artifacts

by Henry Hodges
     
 

ISBN-10: 0715623168

ISBN-13: 9780715623169

Pub. Date: 01/26/1995

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Our understanding of the daily life of early man depends to a large extent on our knowledge of the materials and manufacturing techniques that were used in the production of ancient artifacts. Such a study applied to surviving objects can also give us unexpected information about the spread of trade and its chronology, and about the transmission and adaptation of

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Overview

Our understanding of the daily life of early man depends to a large extent on our knowledge of the materials and manufacturing techniques that were used in the production of ancient artifacts. Such a study applied to surviving objects can also give us unexpected information about the spread of trade and its chronology, and about the transmission and adaptation of techniques among different peoples.

Many books have been written on archaeological methods such as excavation, but the process of technological investigation has been less widely discussed. This book has established itself as the standard introductory account.

Part One treats the raw materials themselves -- everything from clay, glass, metals and stone to wood, fibers, leather, bone, dyes and pigments -- and describes the various methods of working. Part Two outlines the general principles of laboratory examination employed by specialists in the relevant natural sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780715623169
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
01/26/1995
Series:
Archaeology Series
Edition description:
New edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Preface List of illustrations Part I: Materials and Methods of Working
1 Pottery
2 Glazes
3 Glass and Enamels
4 Copper and Copper Alloys
5 Iron and Steel
6 Gold, Silver, Lead and Mercury
7 Stone
8 Wood
9 Fibers and Threads
10 Textiles and Baskets
11 Hides and Leather
12 Antler, Bone, Horn and Ivory
13 Dyes, Pigments and Paints
14 Adhesives
15 Some Other Materials Part II: The Examination of Artifacts
16 General Principle
17 Examination of Stone Artifacts
18 Examination of Pottery and Glasses
19 Examination of Metal Objects
20 Examination of Organic Materials Bibliography Index

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