Dangerous Places / Edition 1

Dangerous Places / Edition 1

by David Poirier
     
 

Archaeological sites often seem to be idyllic, even romantic, places where scientists recover and analyze fascinating data that can inform us of past times and the past lives of our recent historical and ancient prehistoric human forebears. Too often, however, unrecognized dangers lie within: bacterial and viral infections hidden in the soil, concealed in the

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Archaeological sites often seem to be idyllic, even romantic, places where scientists recover and analyze fascinating data that can inform us of past times and the past lives of our recent historical and ancient prehistoric human forebears. Too often, however, unrecognized dangers lie within: bacterial and viral infections hidden in the soil, concealed in the animals that roam through our sites, or even lying in wait in organic remains we excavate; toxic substances produced by the historical technologies we study and that continue to poison the sites where people once worked; the bodies of people who died of historical scourges that once afflicted humanity and whose excavated mortal remains may still harbor the pathogens that killed them, dormant and lying in wait for an unsuspecting and largely no-longer immune modern population. It's enough to make an archaeologist swear off fieldwork!

The truth is, however, that archaeologists need to be alerted to the dangers present in fieldwork and advised of the reasonable precautions that should be taken to insure the safest possible working environment. Dangerous Places brings together an enormous body of information regarding the threats that archaeologists face every day, and the best ways of behaving proactively to avoid or mitigate these threats.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897898010
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionvii
IBiological Hazards
1Ticked Off: Lyme Disease and Archaeologists3
2Rabies: A Short Discourse11
3The Fungus Among Us: Coccidioidomycosis ("Valley Fever") and Archaeologists21
4Of Mice and Men: What Archaeologists Should Know About Hantavirus and Plague in North America31
5Histoplasmosis: The Poop on Occupational Mycoses in Archaeological Contexts55
6Nasty Little Things: Molds, Fungi, and Spores71
7Smallpox and Other Scourges of the Dead79
8Archaeologists and Parasites: The Real Scoop on Poop (and Other Worries)107
IIAmerica's Colonial and Industrial Legacy
9Old Cemeteries, Arsenic, and Health Safety127
10Former Manufactured Gas Plants and Other Coal-Tar Industrial Sites137
11Beneath City Streets: Brief Observations on the Urban Landscape157
12Dig Fast, Die Young: Unexploded Ordnance and Archaeology169
13Get the Lead Out189
14Chemical Soup: Archaeological Hazards at Western Ore-Processing Sites205
15A Final Forewarning: Practical Steps to Providing Archaeologists with Safe Working Environments221
Index235
Contributors247

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