Principles of Geoarchaeology: A North American Perspective

Principles of Geoarchaeology: A North American Perspective

by Michael R. Waters
     
 

"Waters has undertaken a formidable task in writing a treatise on geoarchaeology, a multifaceted field in which practiioners normally specialize in only a few facets...An excellent book."--- Geoarchaelogy

"In Prinicples of Geoarchaeology, Michael Waters presents a detailed and enlightening view of the field of geoarchaeology and successfully links

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"Waters has undertaken a formidable task in writing a treatise on geoarchaeology, a multifaceted field in which practiioners normally specialize in only a few facets...An excellent book."--- Geoarchaelogy

"In Prinicples of Geoarchaeology, Michael Waters presents a detailed and enlightening view of the field of geoarchaeology and successfully links theory and practice on one volume...It explicitly avoids laborious discussions of anlaytical techniques such as micromorphology or soil analysis, which are more fully explored elsewhere. The emphasis placed on field aspects of geoarchaeology is well directed and amply illustrated with examples derived from field studies....An excellent summary of mainstream approaches to the subject.--- American Scientist

"This well-written book offers ample proof of the productive interaction between the geosciences and archaeology over approximately the past 60 years. Throughout the book, Waters provides examples of geoarchaeological research from the Quaternary Period of North America supporting his opinion that such studies 'enhance the interpretation of human prehistory.'" --- The Holocene

Michael R. Waters is associate professor of anthropology and geography at Texas A&M; University. His research intersts include geoarchaeology, the Pleistocene peopling of the Americas, late prehistoric human-land interaction, and late Quaternary geology.

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Presents the fundamentals of geoarchaeology, through application of field techniques to a study of the late Quaternary of North America. Alluvial, eolian, terrestrial and coastal environments are considered, as well as postburial physical disturbances of archaeological sites. Aimed at an archaeological audience, no prior knowledge of geology is assumed. With 100-plus well-produced b&w photos and line drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Waters has undertaken a formidable task in writing a treatise on geoarchaeology, a multifaceted field in which practiioners normally specialize in only a few facets. . . . An excellent book." —Geoarchaelogy"In Prinicples of Geoarchaeology, Michael Waters presents a detailed and enlightening view of the field of geoarchaeology and successfully links theory and practice on one volume. . . . It explicitly avoids laborious discussions of anlaytical techniques such as micromorphology or soil analysis, which are more fully explored elsewhere. The emphasis placed on field aspects of geoarchaeology is well directed and amply illustrated with examples derived from field studies. . . . An excellent summary of mainstream approaches to the subject." —American Scientist"This well-written book offers ample proof of the productive interaction between the geosciences and archaeology over approximately the past 60 years. Throughout the book, Waters provides examples of geoarchaeological research from the Quaternary Period of North America supporting his opinion that such studies 'enhance the interpretation of human prehistory.'" —The Holocene

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ISBN-13:
9780816509898
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
12/01/1992
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
6.53(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.43(d)

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