Archaeology in Practice

Author: Jane Balme
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118323830
Release Date: 2014-01-14
Genre: Social Science

This much-enhanced new edition of the highly accessible guide to practical archaeology is a vital resource for students. It features the latest methodologies, a wealth of case studies from around the world, and contributions from leading specialists in archaeological materials analysis. New edition updated to include the latest archaeological methods, an enhanced focus on post-excavation analysis and new material including a dedicated chapter on analyzing human remains Covers the full range of current analytic methods, such as analysis of stone tools, human remains and absolute dating Features a user-friendly structure organized according to material types such as animal bones, ceramics and stone artifacts, as well as by thematic topics ranging from dating techniques to report writing, and ethical concerns. Accessible to archaeology students at all levels, with detailed references and extensive case studies featured throughout

Bridging the Divide

Author: Caroline Phillips
Publisher: Left Coast Press
ISBN: 9781598743920
Release Date: 2010-09-15
Genre: Social Science

The collected essays in this volume address contemporary issues regarding the relationship between Indigenous groups and archaeologists, including the challenges of dialogue, colonialism, the difficulties of working within legislative and institutional frameworks, and NAGPRA and similar legislation. The disciplines of archaeology and cultural heritage management are international in scope and many countries continue to experience the impact of colonialism. In response to these common experiences, both archaeology and indigenous political movements involve international networks through which information quickly moves around the globe. This volume reflects these dynamic dialectics between the past and the present and between the international and the local, demonstrating that archaeology is a historical science always linked to contemporary cultural concerns.

Statistics for Archaeologists

Author: Robert D. Drennan
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1441904131
Release Date: 2009-08-11
Genre: Social Science

In the decade since its publication, the first edition of Statistics for Archaeologists has become a staple in the classroom. Taking a jargon-free approach, this teaching tool introduces the basic principles of statistics to archaeologists. The author covers the necessary techniques for analyzing data collected in the field and laboratory as well as for evaluating the significance of the relationships between variables. In addition, chapters discuss the special concerns of working with samples. This well-illustrated guide features several practice problems making it an ideal text for students in archaeology and anthropology. Using feedback from students and teachers who have been using the first edition, as well as another ten years of personal experience with the text, the author has provided an updated and revised second edition with a number of important changes. New topics covered include: -Proportions and Densities -Error Ranges for Medians -Resampling Approaches -Residuals from Regression -Point Sampling -Multivariate Analysis -Similarity Measures -Multidimensional Scaling -Principal Components Analysis -Cluster Analysis Those already familiar with the clear and useful format of Statistics for Archaeologists will find this new edition a welcome update, and the new sections will make this seminal textbook an indispensible resource for a whole new group of students, professors, and practitioners.

New Directions in Archaeological Science

Author: Andrew S. Fairbairn
Publisher: ANU E Press
ISBN: 9781921536496
Release Date: 2009-02-01
Genre: Science

Archaeological Science meetings will have a personality of their own depending on the focus of the host archaeological fraternity itself. The 8th Australasian Archaeometry meeting follows this pattern but underlying the regional emphasis is the continuing concern for the processes of change in the landscape that simultaneously effect and illuminate the archaeological record. These are universal themes for any archaeological research with the increasing employment of science-based studies proving to be a key to understanding the place of humans as subjects and agents of change over time. This collection of refereed papers covers the thematic fields of geoarchaeology, archaeobotany, materials analysis and chronometry, with particular emphasis on the first two. The editors Andrew Fairbairn, Sue O'Connor and Ben Marwick outline the special value of these contributions in the introduction. The international nature of archaeological science will mean that the advances set out in these papers will find a receptive audience among many archaeologists elsewhere. There is no doubt that the story that Australasian archaeology has to tell has been copiously enriched by incorporating a widening net of advanced science-based studies. This has brought attention to the nature of the environment as a human artefact, a fact now more widely appreciated, and archaeology deals with these artefacts, among others, in this way in this publication.

Archaeological Ethics

Author: Karen D. Vitelli
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780759114432
Release Date: 2006-02-09
Genre: Social Science

Looting. Reburial and repatriation. Relations with native peoples. Professional conduct. The second edition of Archaeological Ethics combines compelling articles on these topics written for a general audience with valuable teaching aids. The updated articles provide a fascinating introduction to the issues faced every day in archaeological practice. The article summaries, discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, and resource guide serve as excellent teaching aids and make this volume ideal for classroom use.

Life in the Pueblo

Author: Kathryn Ann Kamp
Publisher: Waveland PressInc
ISBN: 0881339644
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Social Science

This text provides an understanding of the basic methodologies in modern archaeology, including the formation of archaeological sites, daring, & analytic techniques.

Field Archaeology

Author: Peter Drewett
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135361228
Release Date: 2012-10-02
Genre: Social Science

Peter Drewett's comprehensive survey explores every stage of the dig process, from the core work of discovery and excavation to the final product: the published archaeological report. Main topics covered are: how an archaeological site is formed finding and recording archaeological sites planning excavations, digging the site and recording the results post-fieldwork planning, processing and finds analysis interpreting the evidence publishing the report. Illustrated with 100 photographs and line drawings, and using numerous case studies, Field Archaeology is the essential introductory guide for archaeology students, and is certain to be welcomed by the growing number of enthusiasts for the subject.

Current Scientific Techniques in Archaeology

Author: P a Parkes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1138818038
Release Date: 2016-09-01
Genre:

In the early 1980s several revolutionary new techniques were introduced to archaeological science - including accelerator C-14 dating, thermoluminescence dating of burnt flint and calcite, and the application of uranium series dating to Palaeolithic material. Developments in analytical chemistry also made possible more detailed and accurate analyses of archaeological material. This book, published in 1986, provides a guide for the archaeologist with little scientific training to these techniques as well as to established techniques from the physical and chemical sciences, and has a chapter on the archaeological uses of computers. Each chapter describes the archaeological potential of the technique and explains the scientific principles involved, with a number of examples to illustrate the particular technique in practice. Attention is given to common problems which may affect the accuracy or nature of the results obtained and to what constitutes a suitable sample.

Using Computers in Archaeology

Author: Gary R. Lock
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415167701
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Social Science

Computers play an ever-increasing role in archaeology. This text examines how increasing dependence on data processing is affecting the theory & practice of the science, from survey & excavation to museums & education. There is particular reference to GIS & the analysis of data.

The Lost Legions

Author: Alistair Paterson
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 0759106843
Release Date: 2008
Genre: History

The Lost Legions offers a discussion of the interaction between Australian Aborigines and the first European pastoralists, with comparisons to similar interactions elsewhere around the world.