Soils in Archaeological Research

Soils in Archaeological Research

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by Vance T. Holliday
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195149653

ISBN-13: 9780195149654

Pub. Date: 03/01/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Soils, invaluable indicators of the nature and history of the physical and human landscape, have strongly influenced the cultural record left to archaeologists. Not only are they primary reservoirs for artifacts, they often encase entire sites. And soil-forming processes in themselves are an important component of site formation, influencing which artifacts,

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Soils, invaluable indicators of the nature and history of the physical and human landscape, have strongly influenced the cultural record left to archaeologists. Not only are they primary reservoirs for artifacts, they often encase entire sites. And soil-forming processes in themselves are an important component of site formation, influencing which artifacts, features, and environmental indicators (floral, faunal, and geological) will be destroyed and to what extent and which will be preserved and how well. In this book, Holliday will address each of these issues in terms of fundamentals as well as in field case histories from all over the world. The focus will be on principles of soil geomorphology , soil stratigraphy, and soil chemistry and their applications in archaeological research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195149654
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Terminology and Methodology
3. Conceptual Approaches to Pedogenesis
4. Soil Surveys and Archaeology
5. Soil Stratigraphy
6. Soil-Stratigraphy in Geoarchaeological Contexts
7. Soils and Time
8. Soils and Paleoenvironmental Reconstructions
9. Soils and Landscape Evolution
10. Soil Genesis and Site Formation Processes
11. Human Impacts on Soils
Appendix 1. Variations on U.S.D.A Field Nomenclature
Appendix 2. Soil Phosphorus: Chemistry, Analytical Methods, and Chronosequences
Appendix 3. Variability of Soil Laboratory Procedures and Results

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