Earth Sciences and Archaeology

  • Paul Goldberg
  • Vance T. Holliday
  • C. Reid Ferring

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Vance T. Holliday
      Pages 3-35
  3. Geomorphological Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Charles Frederick
      Pages 55-76
    3. C. Reid Ferring
      Pages 77-106
    4. Jay Stratton Noller
      Pages 143-170
  4. Soils, Sediments, and Microstratiography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Rolfe D. Mandel, E. Arthur Bettis III
      Pages 173-204
    3. Richard I. Macphail, Jill Cruise
      Pages 241-267
    4. David S. Leigh
      Pages 269-293
  5. Specific Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. Sarah C. Sherwood
      Pages 327-351
    3. Kenneth L. Kvamme
      Pages 353-384
  6. Geochemical Methods

    1. W. Jack Rink
      Pages 385-417
    2. Lee C. Nordt
      Pages 419-448
  7. A Prehistorian’s Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 471-471
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 489-513

About this book


Earth Sciences and Archaeology brings together contributions from an experienced group of archaeologists and geologists whose common objective is to present thorough and current reviews of the diverse ways in which methods from the earth sciences can contribute to archaeological research. Many areas of research are addressed here, including artifact analysis and sourcing, landscape reconstruction and site formation analysis, soil micromorphology and geophysical exploration of buried sites.
Archaeology has benefited from geological methods in many ways in recent decades. However, in the past ten to twenty years, this informal collaboration between geologists and archaeologists has grown into a formal integration of earth science and archaeology on a significant scale. This book allows the contributors to assess where we are in terms of interdisciplinary research, which approaches work best in specific situations, and where this collaborative approach should progress to in the future.


Earth Science Sediment Sedimentation artifacts geoarchaeology geophysical exploration geophysics landscape reconstruction soil soil micromorphology

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul Goldberg
    • 1
  • Vance T. Holliday
    • 2
  • C. Reid Ferring
    • 3
  1. 1.Boston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.University of Wisconsin—MadisonMadisonUSA
  3. 3.University of North TexasDentonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5433-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1183-0
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