Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. E. B. Banning
    Pages 1-25
  3. E. B. Banning
    Pages 27-38
  4. E. B. Banning
    Pages 113-132
  5. E. B. Banning
    Pages 133-154
  6. E. B. Banning
    Pages 155-175
  7. E. B. Banning
    Pages 197-216
  8. E. B. Banning
    Pages 217-228
  9. E. B. Banning
    Pages 229-234
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 235-273

About this book


This text reviews the theory, concepts, and basic methods involved in archaeological analysis.  Its aim is to familiarize both students and professionals with the principles that underlie many kinds of archaeological analysis, to encourage sound laboratory practice, and to demonstrate some of the common theoretical issues that different kinds on analyses all share.  Banning opens with a discussion of the nature and presentation of – and the errors in  - data and briefly reviews archaeological systematics, database and research design, sampling and quantification, modeling data, and basic artifact handling and conservation.  Chapters on lithics, pottery, faunal, botanical , and soil remains follow and chapters on seriation, interpreting dates, and archaeological illustration close out the book.

Intended as a text for students in upper-division-undergraduate and graduate-level courses as well as a manual for professional researchers and cultural resource management practitioners, the book is abundantly illustrated and references and includes a glossary of key terms.  Suggested laboratory exercises are available on the author’s university webpage:


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Authors and affiliations

  • E. B. Banning
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-47348-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-0769-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1571-5752
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