Shells

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Overview

This book contains everything students and professional archaeologists could possibly want to know about the practicalities of shell analysis in archaeology, as well as the biology of freshwater and marine molluscs. The author also, however, discusses the potential of this class of evidence to tell us surprising things about seasonal patterns of life, the woods around a long-forgotten burial mound and the swirling patterns of life which circled around the humblest of creatures; the snail.
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"...both Claassen and Cambridge Press are to be commended to their devotion to providing the archaeological community with such a useful volume." Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521578523
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The archaeology of shell matrix sites; 2. Shelled animals: biology and predation; 3. Diagenesis and taphonomy; 4. Quantification of archaeological shells; 5. Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction; 6. Season of death techniques; 7. Dietary reconstruction; 8. The shell artifact; 9. Shells and social organization.

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