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Author Reitz, Elizabeth Jean, 1946-

Title Environmental archaeology / Elizabeth J. Reitz, Myra Shackley
Edition [Updated edition]
Published New York ; London : Springer, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xliv, 516 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series Manuals in archaeological method, theory and technique
Manuals in archaeological method, theory, and technique.
Contents Introduction to Environmental Archaeology -- The Processes by Which Archaeological Sites Form -- Research Designs and Field Methods -- Biological Classifications and Nomenclatures -- Sediments and Soils -- Viruses, Bacteria, Archaea, Protists, and Fungi -- Bryophytes and Vascular Plants -- Wood, Wood Charcoal, Stems, Fibers, Leaves, and Roots -- Spores, Pollen, Phytoliths, Starch Grains, and Other Microbotanical Remains -- Arthropods and Some Other Invertebrates -- Molluscs and Echinoderms -- Vertebrates -- Stable Isotopes, Elements, and Biomolecules -- Research Questions
Summary One of the most significant developments in archaeology in recent years is the emergence of its environmental branch: the study of humans' interactions with their natural surroundings over long periods, and of organic remains instead of the ceramic, lithic, and architectural elements generally associated with sites. With the current attention paid to human responsibility for environmental change, this innovative field is recognized by scientists, conservation and heritage managers, and policymakers worldwide. In this context comes Environmental Archaeology by Elizabeth Reitz and Myra Shackley, updating the seminal 1981 text Environmental Archaeology by Myra Shackley. Rigorously detailed yet concise and accessible, this volume surveys the complex and technical field of environmental archaeology for researchers interested in the causes, consequences, and potential future impact of environmental change from the perspective of archaeology. Its coverage acknowledges the multiple disciplines involved in the field, expanding the possibilities for using environmental data from archaeological sites in enriching related disciplines and improving communication among them. Introductory chapters explain the processes involved in the formation of sites, introduce research designs and field methods, and walk the reader through biological classifications before focusing on the various levels of biotic and abiotic materials found at sites, including: Sediments and soils. Viruses, bacteria, archaea, protists, and fungi. Bryophytes and vascular plants. Wood, charcoal, stems, leaves, and roots. Spores, pollen, and other microbotanical remains. Arthropods, molluscs, echinoderms, and vertebrates. Stable isotopes, elements, and biomolecules. The updated Environmental Archaeology is a major addition to the resource library of archaeologists, environmentalists, historians, researchers, policymakers-anyone involved in studying, managing, or preserving archaeological sites
Notes Updated ed. of: Environmental archaeology / Myra Shackley. London ; Boston : Allen & Unwin, 1981. Cf. pref. and p. [4] of cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Environmental archaeology.
Animal remains (Archaeology)
Plant remains (Archaeology)
Archaeology -- Methodology.
Form Electronic book
Author Shackley, Myra L.
LC no. 2012936121
ISBN 1461433398 (electronic bk.)
9781461433392 (electronic bk.)