Principles of Geoarchaeology A North American Perspective

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ISBN-13: 9780816517701
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Description: Geoarchaeological studiescan significantly enhance interpretations of human prehistory by allowing archaeologists to decipher from sediments and soils the effects of earth processes on the evidence of human activity. While a number of previous books  More...

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List price: $34.95
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 2/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 398
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Geoarchaeological studiescan significantly enhance interpretations of human prehistory by allowing archaeologists to decipher from sediments and soils the effects of earth processes on the evidence of human activity. While a number of previous books have provided broad geographic and temporal treatments of geoarchaeology, this new volume presents a single author's view intended for North American archaeologists. Waters deals with those aspects of geoarchaeology—stratigraphy, site formation processes, and landscape reconstruction—most fundamental to archaeology, and he focuses on the late Quaternary of North America, permitting in-depth discussions of the concepts directly applicable to that research. Assuming no prior geologic knowledge on the part of the reader, Waters provides a background in fundamental geological processes and the basic tools of geoarchaeology. He then proceeds to relate specific physical processes, microenvironments, deposits, and landforms associated with riverine, desert, lake, glacial, cave, coastal, and other environments to archaeological site formation, location, and context. This practical volume illustrates the contributions of geoarchaeological investigations and demonstrates the need to make such studies an integral part of archaeological research. The text is enhanced by more than a hundred line drawings and photographs. CONTENTS1. Research Objectives of Geoarchaeology2. Geoarchaeological Foundations: The Archaeological Site Matrix: Sediments and Soils / Stratigraphy / The Geoarchaeological Interpretation of Sediments, Soils, and Stratigraphy3. Alluvial Environments: Streamflow / Sediment Erosion, Transport, and Deposition / Alluvial Environments: Rivers, Arroyos, Terraces, and Fans / Alluvial Landscapes Evolution and the Archaeological Record / Alluvial Landscape Reconstruction4. Eolian Environments: Sediment Erosion, Transport, and Deposition / Sand Dunes / Loess and Dust / Stone Pavements / Eolian Erosion / Volcanic Ash (Tephra)5. Springs, Lakes, Rockshelters, and Other Terrestrial Environments: Springs / Lakes / Slopes / Glaciers / Rockshelters and Caves6. Coastal Environments: Coastal Processes / Late Quaternary Sea Level Changes / Coastal Environments / Coastal Landscape Evolution and the Archaeological Record / Coastal Landscape Reconstruction7. The Postburial Disturbance af Archaeological Site Contexts: Cryoturbation / Argilliturbation / Graviturbation / Deformation / Other Physical Disturbances / Floralturbation / Faunalturbation8. Geoarchaeological ResearchAppendix A: Geoarchaeological Studies Illustrating the Effects of Fluvial Landscape Evolution on the Archaeological RecordAppendix B: Geoarchaeological Studies Illustrating Site-Specific Synchronic and Diachronic Alluvial Landscape ReconstructionsAppendix C: Geoarchaeological Studies Illustrating Regional Synchronic and Diachronic Alluvial Landscape Reconstructions

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Geoarchaeology
Research Objectives of Geoarchaeology
Geoarchaeological Foundations
The Archaeological Site Matrix: Sediments and Soils
Stratigraphy
The Geoarchaeological Interpretation of Sediments, Soils, and Stratigraphy
Alluvial Environments
Streamflow
Sediment Erosion, Transport, and Deposition
Alluvial Environments: Rivers, Arroyos, Terraces, and Fans
Alluvial Landscape Evolution and the Archaeological Record
Alluvial Landscape Reconstruction
Eolian Environments
Sediment Erosion, Transport, and Deposition
Sand Dunes
Loess and Dust
Stone Pavements
Eolian Erosion
Volcanic Ash (Tephra)
Springs, Lakes, Rockshelters, and Other Terrestrial Environments
Springs
Lakes
Slopes
Glaciers
Rockshelters and Caves
Coastal Environments
Coastal Processes
Late Quaternary Sea Level Changes
Coastal Environments: Erosional, Submerged, and Depositional Coastlines
Coastal Landscape Evolution and the Archaeological Record
Coastal Landscape Reconstruction
The Postburial Disturbance of Archaeological Site Contexts
Cryoturbation
Argilliturbation
Graviturbation
Deformation
Other Physical Disturbance Processes
Floralturbation
Faunalturbation
Geoarchaeological Research
Appendix A. Geoarchaeological Studies Illustrating the Effects of Fluvial Landscape Evolution on the Archaeological Record
Appendix B. Geoarchaeological Studies Illustrating Site-Specific Synchronic and Diachronic Alluvial Landscape Reconstructions
Appendix C. Geoarchaeological Studies Illustrating Regional Synchronic and Diachronic Alluvial Landscape Reconstructions
References
Index

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