Archaeological Chemistry

ISBN-10: 0854042628
ISBN-13: 9780854042623
Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $64.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry, The
Publication date: 4/22/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

The thematic elements in 'Archaeological Chemistry' allows the reader to tackle both the science and archaeology of a specific topic in depth and is an ideal companion to students in archaeological science and chemistry, field and museum archaeologists and all those involved in conserving human artefacts.

The Development of Archaeological Chemistry
Introduction
Early Investigations
The Growth of Scientific Archaeology in the 20th Century
Current Status and Scope of Archaeological Chemistry
The Structure of this Volume
Further Reading
References
Analytical Techniques Applied to Archaeology
Introduction
The Structure of the Atom, the Electromagnetic Spectrum and Analytical Spectroscopy
Techniques Based on Optical Wavelengths
Optical Emission Spectroscopy
Atomic Absorption Spectrometry
Inductively Coupled Plasma Emission Spectrometry
Techniques Using X-Rays
X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry
Analytical Electron Microscopy
Proton-Induced X-Ray Emission
Neutron Activation Analysis
Mass Spectrometric Techniques
Chromatographic Techniques
Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy
Other Techniques
References
Obsidian Characterization in the Eastern Mediterranean
Introduction
Origin and Formation of Obsidian
Sources of Obsidian in the Eastern Mediterranean and Neighbouring Regions
Review of Analytical Work
Archaeological Implications
Summary
References
The Geochemistry of Clays and the Provenance of Ceramics
Introduction
The Structure of Clay Minerals
The Firing of Clays and the Mineralogical Composition of Ceramics
Trace Element Geochemistry in Clays
The Provenance of Archaeological Ceramics: Roman Finewares
Summary
References
The Chemistry, Corrosion and Provenance of Archaeological Glass
Introduction
The Structure and Chemistry of Archaeological Glass
The Colour of Glass
The Decay of Medieval Window Glass
The Corrosion of Buried Glass
Radiogenic Isotopes and the Provenance of Glass
Summary
References
The Chemical Study of Metals - the Medieval and Later Brass Industry in Europe
Introduction
The Production Methods of Brass in Antiquity
The Early History of Brass and Zinc
The Medieval and Later European Brass Industry
The Chemical Analysis of Metal Objects
The Chemical Study of European Brass Tokens and Coins
The Analysis of European Brass Scientific Instruments
The Analytical Authentication of Brass Instruments
European Copper and Brass in North America
Summary
References
The Chemistry and Use of Resinous Substances
Introduction
Resins: Definition and Uses
Chemistry of Resins
Monoterpenoids and Sesquiterpenoids
Diterpenoids
Triterpenoids
Analysis of Resins in Archaeological Contexts
Neolithic Tar
The Chemistry of Birch Bark and Birch Bark Tars
The Production and Uses of Neolithic Tars
Alternatives to Birch Bark and Softwood Tar
Summary: Evidence for Other Organic Substances
References
Amino Acid Stereochemistry and the First Americans
Introduction
The Structure of Bone
Stereochemistry of Amino Acids
Racemization of Amino Acids
Amino Acid Racemization Dating of the Californian Paleoindians
The End of a Paradigm: Early Humans in the Americas
'Some Kind of Joke'? Current Uses of Amino Acid Racemization
Summary
References
Lead Isotope Geochemistry and the Trade in Metals
Introduction
The Trace Element Approach to Metal Provenance
Natural Radioactivity and the Stable Isotopes of Lead
The Lead Isotopic Composition of Metalliferous Deposits
Lead Isotopes in Archaeology
Isotopic Fractionation by Non-Equilibrium Evaporation
Defining an Ore Field
Lead Isotopes and the Bronze Age Mediterranean
Epilogue - 'What A Long Strange Trip Its Been'!
Summary
References
The Chemistry of Human Bone: Diet, Nutrition, Status and Mobility
Introduction
Dietary Reconstruction from Trace Elements in Bone Mineral
Light Isotope Systematics and Trophic Levels
Isotopic Dietary Reconstruction from Human Bone
Status and Health
Mobility
Other Isotopic Approaches to Diet and Mobility
Carbonates and 'Deep Time'
Other Biomolecules and Isotopes
'Provenancing Humans' - Strontium and Oxygen Isotopes
Summary
References
The Detection of Small Biomolecules: Dairy Products in the Archaeological Record
Introduction
Fatty Acids: a Brief Overview of Chemistry and Occurrence
Dairy Chemistry
Archaeological Investigations of Dairying
DNA, Lactase Persistence and Early Dairying
Summary: Where do we go from here?
References
Summary - Whither Archaeological Chemistry?
Historical Summary
The Archaeological Relevance of Chemical Applications
Whither Archaeological Chemistry?
References
The Structure of the Atom, and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Isotopes
Fundamental Constants
Atomic Number and Approximate Atomic Weights (based on [superscript 12]C = 12.000) of the Elements
Periodic Table of the Elements
Subject Index

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