Natural Science in Archaeology

Description

The last three decades have seen a steady growth of application of natural scientific methods to archaeology. The interdisciplinary approach of archaeometry has found increasing appreciation by the archaeologists and is now considered indispensable and an integral part of archaeological studies. Interdisciplinary collaboration requires a multidisciplinary background. It is becoming increasingly difficult for the individual to grasp the whole field of archaeometry with its rapid developments. The aim of the series Natural Science in Archaeology is to bridge this information gap at the interface between archaeology and science. The individual volumes cover a broad spectrum of physical, chemical, geological, and biological techniques applied to archaeology as well as to palaeoanthropology with the interested nonspecialist in mind.

The single monographs cover:

-large fields of research

-specific methods of general interest (archaeometric methods of dating, material analysis, environmental reconstruction, geophysical prospecting, remote sensing and data processing)

-materials of interest to the archaeologist, such as sediments, soils, metal and nonmetal artifacts, animal and plant remains and other organic residues

-practical aspects such as sampling and data interpretation

-case studies, to demonstrate the potential and limitations of the various techniques.