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Biogeochemical Approaches to Paleodietary Analysis. Advances in Archaeological and Museum Science; Volume 5. Edited by Stanley H. Ambrose and M. Anne Katzenberg. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York. 2001

About this Book: The study of human diet brings together researchers from diverse backgrounds ranging from modern human nutrition and biochemistry to the geochemistry of fossilized bones and teeth. The contributions to this volume grow out of the Fourth Advanced Seminar on Paleodiet and provide a forum for scholars with common interests to discuss the latest advances and interpretations and chart future directions for paleodietry research.

Contents include: 

  • Bone Chemistry, Food and History: A Case Study from 19th Century Upper Canada; M.A. Katzenberg, et al.
  • Diet and Animal Husbandry of the Preclassic Maya at Cuello, Belize: Isotopic and Zooarchaeological Evidence; N.J. van der Merwe, et al.
  • An overview of Causes for Stable Isotopic Variations in Past European Human Populations: Environmental, Ecophysiological, and Cultural Effects; G.J. van Klinken, et al.
  • Preservation of Isotopic Signals (13C, 15N) in Pleistocene Mammals; H. Bocherens.
  • Preservation of Biogenic Carbon Isotopic Signals in Plio-Pleistocene Bone and Tooth Mineral; J.A. Lee-Thorp.
  • Tooth Oxygen Isotope Ratios As Paleoclimate Monitors In Arid Ecosystems; M.J. Schoeninger, et al.
  • Quantifying Histological and Chemical Preservation in Archaeological Bone; S. Pfeiffer, T.L. Varney.
  • The Use and Abuse of Trace Elements for Paleodietary Research; J.H. Burton, T.D. Price.
  • Modeling Protein Diagenesis in Ancient Bone: Towards a Validation of Stable Isotope Data; G. Grupe, et al.
  • Some Biochemical Aspects of Carbon Isotopic Paleodiet Studies; H.P. Schwarcz.
  • `Consider a Spherical Cow...' - on Modeling and Diet; R.E.M. Hedges, G.J. van Klinken.
  • Controlled Diet and Climate Experiments on Nitrogen Isotope Ratios of Rats; S.H. Ambrose. About the Editors. Index.

Science and technology in historic preservation. Advances in Archaeological and Museum Science; Volume 4. Edited by Ray A. Williamson and Paul R. Nickens. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York. 2000

About this Book: Technology transfer has played an increasingly important role in historic preservation during the latter half of the twentieth century, a situation attested to by the undertaking of an important congressional study in 1986 that assessed the role of federal agencies in the field. In this book leading researchers update the earlier findings and contribute state-of-the-art reviews and evaluations of technological progress in their areas of expertise.

Contents include: 

  • Preface. Introduction.
  • The Opportunities and Challenges of Preservation Technologies; R.A. Williamson.
    Part 1: Discovery, Documentation, and Analysis.
  • Remote Sensing Methods; T. Sever.
  • High Resolution Geophysical Methods for Cultural Resource Management and Archaeological Investigations; D.H. Heimmer, S.L. De Vore.
  • Science-Based Dating Methods in Historic Preservation; R.E. Taylor.
  • Non-destructive Testing of Historic Structures; R. Livingstone.
  • Underwater Archaeology; D. Lenihan.
  • Determination of Provenance; E. Sayre.
    Part 2: Restoration and Conservation.
  • Technologies for Wood Preservation in Historic Preservation; J. Loferski.
  • Conservation of Cultural Materials from Underwater Sites; D.L. Hamilton.
    Part 3: Management, Maintenance, and Protection.
  • Geographic Information Systems and Historic Preservation; F. Limp.
  • Computers in Cultural Resource Management; J. Myers.
  • Cultural Resource Management in Context; R.A. Knudson.
  • Technologies Against Looting and Vandalism; J. Reed, J. Schneider.
  • Site Preservation Technologies; P.R. Nickens. About the Editors. Index.

Archaeological obsidian studies: method and theory. Advances in Archaeological and Museum Science; Volume 3. Edited by M. Steven Shackley. Plenum Press, New York, 1998.

About this Book: he use of obsidian archaeometry has expanded dramatically in the last 20 years, due partly to technological advances and partly to recognition by archaeologists that archaeometrists provide much more information than mere measurement. Since the mid-70s, however, no book has appeared to document the latest advances. Archaeological Obsidian Studies, the only volume of its kind in print, corrects this situation by presenting the current state of the science, from volcanic glass geochemistry to hydration analysis. Archaeologists, museum professionals, geologists, materials scientists, and students will find this volume to be an indispensable guide to modern archaeometric theory and methodology, both in the lab and in the field.

Contents include: 

  • Current issues and future directions in archaeological volcanic glass studies: an introduction by M. Steven Shackley
  • A systematic approach to obsidian source characterization by Michael D. Glascock, Geoffrey E. Braswell, and Robert H. Cobean
  • Mediterranean islands and multiple flows: the sources and exploitation of Sardinian obsidian by Robert H. Tykot
  • Intrasource chemical variability and secondary depositional processes: lessons from the American Southwest by M. Steven Shackley
  • Characterization of archaeological volcanic glass from Oceania: the utility of three techniques by Marshall I. Weisler and David A. Clague
  • Application of PIXE-PIGME to archaeological analysis of changing patterns of obsidian use in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea by G.R. Summerhayes, J.R. Bird, R. Fullagar, C. Gosden, J. Specht, and R. Torrence
  • Factors affecting the energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) analysis of archaeological obsidian by M. Kathleen Davis, Thomas L. Jackson, M. Steven Shackley, Timothy Teague, and Joachim H. Hampel
  • Laboratory obsidian hydration rates: theory, method, and application by Christopher M. Stevenson, James J. Mazer, and Barry E. Scheetz
  • Obsidian hydration dating at a Recent Age obsidian mining site in Papua, New Guinea by W.R. Ambrose
  • A 1990s perspective on method and theory in archaeological volcanic glass studies by R.C. Green.

Chronometric dating in archaeology. Advances in Archaeological and Museum Science; Volume 2. Edited by R.E. Taylor and Martin J. Aitken. Plenum Press, New York. 1997

About this Book: Since World War II, there has been tremendous success in the development of new methods for dating artifacts; the so-called `radiocarbon revolution' was only the first such discovery. The increasing accuracy of the various new techniques has brought about major changes in archaeological research strategies. This important new text compiles the work of some of today's most innovative archaeologists who summarize progress in their respective techniques over the last 30 years - with an emphasis on developments of the last five - and the status of current research.

Contents include:

  • Climatostratigraphy by Martin J. Aitken and Stephen Stokes
  • Dendrochronology by Jeffrey S. Dean
  • Radiocarbon dating by R. E. Taylor
  • Potassium-argon/argon-argon dating methods by Robert C. Walter
  • Fission-track dating by John Westgate, Amanjit Sandhu, and Philip Shane
  • Uranium series dating by Henry P. Schwarcz -- Luminescence dating / Martin J. Aitken
  • Electron spin resonance dating by Rainer Grün
  • Protein and amino acid diagenesis dating by P. E. Hare, D. W. Von Endt, and J. E. Kokis
  • Obsidian hydration dating by Irving Friedman, Fred W. Trembour, and Richard E. Hughes
  • Archaeomagnetic dating by Robert S. Sternberg
  • Surface dating using rock varnish by Joan S. Schneider and Paul R. Bierman

Phytolith systematics : emerging issues. Advances in Archaeological and Museum Science; Volume 1. Edited by George Rapp, Jr. and Susan C. Mulholland. Plenum Press, New York. 1992

About this Book: The study of the relationship of phytoliths to the human use of plants and the environmental context of cultural change has been handicapped by the paucity of data on many important plant groups and by the unavailablity of comparative collections. This volume, which includes an annotated bibliography, will add materially to the corpus of available systematics for these important plant groups.

Contents include:

  • Phytolith Systematics; S.C. Mulholland, G. Rapp Jr. Great Expectations
  • A.H. Powers. Developing a Phytolith Classification System; D.M. Pearsall, E.H. Dinan.
  • A Morphological Classification of Grass-Silica Bodies; S.C. Mulholland, G. Rapp Jr.
  • Toward a Classification Scheme of Sedge Phytoliths; A.L. Ollendorf.
  • Predicted World Distribution of C3 and C4 Grass Phytoliths; P.C. Twiss.
  • Preliminary Identification of Silica Skeletons from Near Eastern Archaeological Sites; A.M. Rosen.
  • Cereal Grain Phytoliths of Southwest Asia and Europe; L. Kaplan, et al.
  • Illustrated Phytoliths from Assorted Food Plants; L.C. Cummings.
  • Phytolith Taxonomy in Selected Species of Texas Cacti; J.G. Jones, V.M. Bryant Jr..
  • Silica Deposition in Subterranean Organs; A.G. Sangster, M.J. Hodson.
  • Annotated Bibliography of Phytolith Systematics; S.C. Mulholland, et al.
  • 2 additional articles & Index.