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This book provides examples of analytical methods in a variety of archaeological materials. It presents analytical techniques that incur no visible destruction of the artefact under examination. Using patterns in the analytical data derived from a wide variety of analytical methods, different components of past human behaviour are inferred, including diet, technology of manufacture, source of raw materials, trade routes, and determination of age.
1. Archaeological Chemistry: Materials, Methods, and Meaning; 2. Potential for Virtually Nondestructive Radiocarbon and Stable Carbon Isotopic Analyses on Perishable Archaeological Artifacts; 3. Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Radiocarbon Ages of an Oxalate Accretion and Rock Paintings at Toca do Serrote da Bastiana, Brazil; 4. Measuring Lead Isotope Ratios in Majolica from New Spain Using a Nondestructive Technique; 5. Characterization of Arcaheological Materials by Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry; 6. Modern and Ancient Resins from Africa and the Americas; 7. Characterizations and Radiocarbon Dating of Archaeological Resins from Southeast Asia; 8. Analysis of Glass Beads and Glass Recovered from an Early 17th-Century Glassmaking House in Amsterdam; 9. Morphology and Microstructure of Marine Silk Fibers; 10. Electron Spin Resonance Studies to Explore the Thermal History of Archaeological Objects; 11. Geochemical Analysis of Obsidian and the Reconstruction of Trade Mechanisms in the Early Neolithic Period of the Western Mediterranean; 12. Chemical, Technological and Social Aspects of Pottery Manufacture in the La Quemada Region of Northwest Mexico; 13. Trace Element Analysis and Its Role in Analyzing Ceramics in the Eastern Woodlands; 14. Contribution of Stable Isotope Analysis to Understanding Dietary Variation among the Maya; 15. Chemical Compositions of Chinese Coins of Emperor Ch'ien Lung (Qian Long) and Annamese Coins of Emperor Thanh Thai via Energy-Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence