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Chronometric Dating in Archaeology / Edition 1

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Since World War II, there has been tremendous success in the development of new methods for dating artifacts; the so-called 'radiocarbon revolution' was only the first such discovery. The increasing accuracy of the various new techniques has brought about major changes in archaeological research strategies. This important new text compiles the work of some of today's most innovative archaeologists who summarize progress in their respective techniques over the last 30 years - with an emphasis on developments of the last five - and the status of current research.

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Provides summaries of progress in dating methods in archaeology over the past three decades, with an emphasis on developments in the past five years and the status of current research. Contains chapters on climatostratigraphy, dendrochronology, radiocarbon dating, argon dating methods, fission-track dating, uranium series dating, luminescence dating, electron spin resonance dating, protein and amino acid diagenesis, obsidian hydration dating, archaeomagnetic dating, and surface dating using rock varnish. Includes chapter summaries and conclusions, plus b&w photos. For archaeologists, advanced students, and other specialists. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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'Well-organized, clear, and concise...Though this subject is somewhat complex and intricate, this reviewer found the text straightforward and easy to read.'
Choice (May 1998)
'This will be a standard reference work.'
Antiquity (March 1998)
'The book is well suited for archaeologists, dating specialists interested in techniques with which they do not directly work, and advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students in archaeology and Quaternary studies. Librarians who decide to purchase the book for their departments will almost certainly see it as a most popular, heavily used textbook or reference book right from the time the book appears on the shelf.'
The Holocene, 9:3 (1999)
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Climatostratigraphy; M.J. Aitken, S. Stokes. Dendrochronology; J.S. Dean. Radiocarbon Dating; R.E. Taylor. Potassium-Argon/Argon-Dating; R. Walter. Fission Track Dating; J. Westgate, et al. Uranium-Series Dating; H.P. Schwarcz. Luminescence Dating; M.J. Aitken. Electron Spin Resonance Dating; R. GrĂ¼n. Protein and Amino Acid Diagenesis Dating; P.E. Hare, et al. Obsidian Hydration Dating; I. Friedman, et al. Archaeomagnetic Dating; R.S. Sternberg. Surface Dating Using Cation Ratios; J.S. Schneider, P.R. Bierman. Index.

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