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Geoarchaeology: The Earth-Science Approach to Archaeological Interpretation


By: George (Rip) Rapp and Christopher L Hill

368 pages, 103 b/w illus

Yale University Press

Paperback | Jun 2006 | Edition: 2 | #158412 | ISBN: 0300109660
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Considering the history and theory of geoarchaeology, this book discusses soils and environmental interpretations; initial context and site formation; methods of discovery and spatial analyses; estimating time; and others.

This second edition builds on the success and innovation of the first edition and includes updates, new concepts and examples, an enhanced bibliography and many new illustrations.

[This book] covers a wide range of topics... with clarity and balance... The chapters are all well written and have concise introductory discussions that are not too detailed and not too brief... Beautifully produced. Michael Waters, Geoarchaeology: An International Journal (on the first edition) "Rapp and Hill's book fills a resource gap. There is very little available in book form about the interdisciplinary field of Georarchaeology... [The authors] have contributed a wealth of information about almost all geological aspects of archaeology... Any university having archaeology courses should have this book in its library, as should any professor of archaeology." Choice "A useful addition to the study of geoarchaeology in many of its aspects, and the authors are to be commended for an ambitious project." A.G. Latham, Antiquity"

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George (Rip) Rapp is Regents Professor Emeritus of Geoarchaeology and was formerly director of the Archaeometry Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. Christopher L. Hill is an assistant professor in the department of anthropology at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.

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