About this book
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.
- Book Title Environmental Archaeology
- Series Title Manuals in Archaeological Method, Theory and Technique
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3339-2
- Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
- Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
- eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4614-3337-8
- Softcover ISBN 978-1-4614-9644-1
- eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-3339-2
- Series ISSN 1571-5752
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XLIV, 516
- Number of Illustrations 144 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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From the reviews:“This handbook by Reitz (anthropology, Univ. of Georgia) and Shackley (Culture Resource Management, Nottingham Business School, UK) is a revised and dramatically enlarged update of Shackley’s 1981 Environmental Archaeology … . Each chapter concludes with a section on applications followed by a complete, up-to-date bibliography. … this handbook will be of most value to serious students and professionals. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (W. Kotter, Choice, Vol. 50 (4), December, 2012)