Sediments in Archaeological Context

Sediments in Archaeological Context

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University of Utah Press

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Sediments in Archaeological Context

Almost every artifact in archaeological analysis originates in or on the ground. While there are elaborate methods for extracting and analyzing artifacts, treatment of the matrix within which they are located is often unsophisticated and does not include systematic analysis.

Sediments in Archaeological Context concerns the analysis of this matrix and the potential use of sediments to answer archaeological questions. Describing sediments and sampling them in appropriate ways do not replace the study of artifacts, but they can provide additional, useful information regarding a site complex, its physical environment, and the relations of artifacts to each other.

Each chapter in the volume considers sediments within a specific context. Topics include sediments found in a variety of environments: cultural environments, rockshelter and cave environments, dryland alluvial environments, humid alluvial environments, lake environments, shoreline environments, and spring and wetland environments.

Sediments in Archaeological Context is intended for every archaeologist who investigates sites in depositional contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874806915
Publisher: University of Utah Press
Publication date: 11/27/2001
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresvii
List of Tablesx
1.Archaeological Sediments in Cultural Environments1
2.Archaeological Sediments in Rockshelters and Caves29
3.Archaeological Sediments in Dryland Alluvial Environments67
4.Archaeological Sediments in Humid Alluvial Environments93
5.Archaeological Sediments in Lake Margin Environments127
6.Archaeological Sediments in Coastal Environments149
7.Archaeological Sediments in Springs and Wetlands183

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