Historical Shipwrecks, Archaeometry of

  • Nicolás C. CiarloEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51726-1_3120-1

State of Knowledge and Current Debates

Introduction

Archaeometry can be broadly defined as the field where knowledge and analytical methods and techniques from natural and applied sciences enhance research carried out in archaeology and related disciplines, such as art history. In this context, an interdisciplinary approach is of crucial relevance for the entire research process. Close interaction between different specialists allows for systematic means of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data to be applied and to shed light on archaeological questions about the life of past societies. Until the 1990s, most studies were focused on answering inquiries related to dating, exploration, artifact function and use, material sources, and manufacture methods. From then on, research topics, scale of analysis, and materials considered have expanded. Likewise, some analytical means became more complex, while new ones were incorporated. Thus, it was possible to achieve a more comprehensive...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Archaeology, School of Philosophy & Letters, University of Buenos AiresNational Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)Buenos AiresArgentina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Geoffrey N. Bailey
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  • Wendy van Duivenvoorde
  1. 1.The King's Manor, Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of YorkYorkUK