Geoarchaeology in Action: Studies in Soil Micromorphology and Landscape Evolution

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Geoarchaeology in Action provides much-needed 'hands on' methodologies to assist anyone conducting or studying geoarchaeological investigations on sites and in landscapes, irrespective of date,
place and environment.
The book sets out the essential features of geoarchaeological practice and geomorphological processes, and is deliberately aimed at the archaeologist as practitioner in the field. It explains the basics - what can be expected, what approaches may be taken, and what outcomes might be forthcoming, and asks what we can reasonably expect a micromorphological approach to archaeological contexts, data and problems to tell us.
The twelve case studies are taken from Britain, Europe and the Near East. They illustrate how past landscape change can be discovered and deciphered whether you are primarily a digger, environmentalist or soil micromorphologist.
Based on the author's extensive experience of investigating buried and eroded landscapes, the book develops new ways of looking at conventional models of landscape change. With an extensive glossary, bibliography and more than 100 illustrations it will be an essential text and reference tool for students, academics and professionals.
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'Reveals an astonishing diversity of sequences at the micro-regional scale ... this book is to be highly recommended to landscape historians and prehistorians.'Landscape History

'This book [is] especially welcome since it is written in a clear and interesting style, accessible to student and field archaeologist alike ... a provocative and intelligent guide to the investigation of past landscapes using geoarchaeology.'Antiquity

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415273107
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/15/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
Pt. 1 Some essential elements of geoarchaeology: method and practice 1
1 Issues and aims in geoarchaeology 3
2 Processes of archaeological preservation 10
3 Geomorphological processes 20
4 Soils, sediments and buried soils 35
5 Lowland and upland landscape systems 59
Pt. 2 Geoarchaeology in action: case studies and syntheses 81
6 The lower Welland valley, Cambridgeshire, England 83
7 The Fengate shore, lower Nene valley and the Flag Fen basin, Cambridgeshire, England 97
8 The lower Great Ouse valley, Cambridgeshire, England 113
9 The development of the Cambridgeshire fenlands of eastern England 133
10 The dyke survey in the northwestern Cambridgeshire fenlands 143
11 Monitoring desiccation, erosion and preservations of sites and landscapes in the East Anglian wetlands and elsewhere 159
12 Wyke Down and the upper Allen valley, Cranborne Chase, Dorset, England 172
13 The lower Aguas basin, southeastern Spain 198
14 The Troina river valley, north-central Sicily 210
15 The Dhamar region, Central Highlands, Yemen 224
16 The environs of Tell Brak, northeastern Syria 235
17 The steppe at Botai, northeastern Kazakhstan 240
Conclusions 248
Glossary 252
Bibliography 257
Index 281
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