Introduction

  • George R. Rapp
Part of the Natural Science in Archaeology book series (ARCHAEOLOGY)

Abstract

What is archaeomineralogy? The term has been used at least once before (Mitchell 1985), but this volume is the first publication to lay down the scientific basis and systematics for this subdiscipline. Students sometimes call an introductory archaeology course “stones and bones.” Archaeomineralogy covers the stones component of this phrase. Of course, archaeology consists of a great deal more than just stones and bones. Contemporary archaeology is based on stratigraphy, geomorphology, chronometry, behavioral inferences, and a host of additional disciplines in addition to those devoted to stones and bones.

Keywords

Mercury Magnetite Lime Bismuth Excavation 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • George R. Rapp
    • 1
  1. 1.Archaeometry LaboratoryUniversity of MinnesotaDuluthUSA

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