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Acoustic Remote Sensing in Maritime Archaeology  

Rory Quinn

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Dec 2013
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Sep 2012
This article offers an introduction to acoustic remote sensing. In shipwreck studies, acoustic remote sensing has traditionally been used for reconnaissance surveys and for site ... More

Administrative Realities: The Persepolis Archives and the Archaeology of the Achaemenid Heartland  

Wouter F.M. Henkelman

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Jun 2013
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Oct 2013
The administration of the Persepolis region is revealed in two groups of cuneiform tablets, written predominantly in Elamite and Aramaic, that were excavated at Persepolis in the 1930s by ... More

Analytical Drawing  

Prabodh Shirvalkar

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
Analytical techniques and research methodologies for archaeological ceramic analysis have changed drastically over time; however, the way we record and represent ceramics graphically has ... More

Ancient Dna Research on Wetland Archaeological Evidence  

Angela Schlumbaum and Ceiridwen J. Edwards

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
This chapter begins by defining ancient DNA and providing a brief history of ancient DNA and its potential for archaeology, followed by discussions of the technological aspects of ancient ... More

Applied Archaeology in the Americas: Evaluating Archaeological Solutions to the Impacts of Global Environmental Change  

Jago Cooper and Lindsay Duncan

This chapter considers the role of archaeology in creating solutions for coping with the impacts of global environmental change, illustrated by cases from Latin America. Past examples of ... More

Archaeobotany: Analyses of Plant Remains from Waterlogged Archaeological Sites  

Stefanie Jacomet

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Dec 2012
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Sep 2013
Archaeobotanical research focuses on the study of past people–plant relationships. This includes a reconstruction of the diet, subsistence, agricultural strategies, social and cultural ... More

Archaeological Interpretation of Marine Magnetic Data  

Robert Gearhart

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Dec 2013
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Sep 2012
Interpreting remote sensing data is one of the most important tasks of archaeologists working in submerged environments. Researchers rely on remote-sensing technologies to aid their search ... More

The Archaeology of Early Christianity: The History, Methods, and State of a Field  

William R. Caraher and David K. Pettegrew

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Feb 2019
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Jan 2019
Since the Renaissance, archaeology has played a significant albeit changing role in illuminating the history of early Christianity. This chapter surveys different historical approaches to ... More

Archaeomorphological Mapping: Rock Art and the Architecture of Place  

Jean-Jacques Delannoy, Bruno David, Robert G. Gunn, Jean-Michel Geneste, and Stéphane Jaillet

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Jan 2019
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Jan 2018
Understanding the rock art of a cave or rock shelter requires positioning the art in its landscape setting. This involves both spatial and temporal dimensions because a site’s layout ... More

Art and Environment: How Can Rock Art Inform on Past Environments?  

George Nash

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Jan 2019
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Jun 2017
When telling stories through rock art, the artist formed an intimate relationship with the audience through the act of conveying such stories. Ethnographic evidence in many parts of the ... More

Assessing Vessel Function by Organic Residue Analysis  

Hans Barnard and Jelmer W. Eerkens

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
Organic residues can be defined as the carbon-based remains of plants, animals or humans, either in their original or a decomposed state. Biomolecules that can indicate the source of such ... More

Beyond Rhetoric: Towards a Framework for an Applied Historical Ecology of Urban Planning  

Paul Sinclair, Christian Isendahl, and Stephan Barthel

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Jan 2019
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Feb 2016
Historical ecological approaches to settlement aggregation and complexity reject modernist and post-modernist reliance on linear neo-evolutionary categorization of cities in relation to ... More

Ceramic Manufacture: The chaîne opératoire Approach  

Valentine Roux

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
This chapter presents an overview of the chaîne opératoire approach and recalls its relevance as a social and transmission signal. It describes the main components of the ceramic chaînes ... More

Ceramic Micropalaeontology  

Ian Wilkinson, Patrick Quinn, Mark Williams, Jeremy Taylor, and Ian Whitbread

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
Microfossils found in archaeological ceramics include representatives of kingdoms Fungi, Protista, Plantae, and Animalia and are composed of calcite, silica, or resistant organic compounds ... More

Ceramic Raw Materials  

Giuseppe Montana

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Dec 2016
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Jan 2017
Any ceramic object represents the result of a well-structured production chain starting with the localization and the exploitation of a suitable raw material and ending with the ... More

Characterizing Rock Art Pigments  

Emilie Chalmin and Jillian Huntley

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Jan 2019
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Nov 2017
The materials used to make rock art contain important evidence about the cultural practices of the people who created it: their technologies, movements, and social interactions. The number ... More

Commentary I: On Light  

Tim Ingold

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Apr 2019
Is light an energetic ray, a beam, the illumination of surfaces, an atmosphere? Is it the shining of the sun, the moon and the stars? Is it a flickering flame, a lamp or torch, the glowing ... More

Compositional Analysis in Archaeology  

Michael D. Glascock

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Apr 2016
Compositional analysis in archaeology involves the analysis and interpretation of chemical fingerprints obtained from archaeological materials. The primary objective of compositional ... More

Continental Philosophies  

Dermot Moran

Phenomenology and hermeneutics were hugely influential methodologically in 20th-century European philosophy. They were also taken up in the human sciences more generally, but only ... More

Cultural Models of Stages in the Life Course  

M. Annette Grove and David F. Lancy

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May 2018
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Jun 2018
It is clear that societies differ with respect to their locally constructed, cultural, or ‘folk’ models of the life course. However, predictable transitions can be found as children ... More

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