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Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials (Sarah U Wisseman) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 1993) 9782881246326

Title: Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials

Author: Wisseman, Sarah U

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1993

Paperback; ISBN: 9782881246326

Volumes: 1; Pages: 250

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Ancient Technologies and Archaeological Materials presents solutions to questions of dating, composition, provenence, and technology through the application of instrumental techniques to archaeological materials. The book also examines the reconstruction of early environments through analysis of bone and plant remains, the replication of artifacts to better understand ancient technologies through experimental archaeology, and the authentication of museum objects.

"Ancient Technologies and Achaeological Materials can stimulate a bright student to appreciate the beauty and power of interdisciplinary research."--Garman Harbottle of Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, New York

"The authors and editors are careful to provide the theoretical bases for most of the instrumentation techniques used in archaeometry and material science. Their attention makes this book especially useful for beginners in these fields."--Mary K. Sandford of University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Table of Contents

Why Study Artifacts? An Interdisciplinary Approach

From Pots to People: Ceramic Production in the Ancient Mediterranean

The Diffusion of Technological Knowledge: A Case Study of North American Ceramic Analysis

Invention, Thought, and Process: Strategies in Iron Tool Production

Classics and Technology: A Reevaluation of Heron's Steam Engine

Can Elemental Analysis of Archaeological Skeletons Determine Past Diet and Health?

Plants and People: An Introduction to Paleoetnobotany

History, Identification, and Characterization of Old World Fibers and Dyes

Science and the Art Museum: The Analysis of Archaeological Materials

Saving the Monuments of the Athenian Acropolis

Imaging the Past: Nondestructive Analysis of an Egyptian Mummy

X-ray Vision: The Recovery of Early Medieval Ironwork

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