Monday, October 19, 2009

Blood and guts and archaeometry- eBook available

Archaeological Science Under a Microscope
Studies in Residue and Ancient DNA Analysis in Honour of Thomas H. Loy
Terra Australis 30
Edited by Michael Haslam, Gail Robertson, Alison Crowther, Sue Nugent and Luke Kirkwood
ISBN 9781921536847 $55.00 (GST inclusive)
ISBN 9781921536854 (Online)
Published July 2009

These highly varied studies, spanning the world, demonstrate how much modern analyses of microscopic traces on artifacts are altering our perceptions of the past. Ranging from early humans to modern kings, from ancient Australian spears or Mayan pots to recent Maori cloaks, the contributions demonstrate how starches, raphides, hair, blood, feathers, resin and DNA have become essential elements in archaeology’s modern arsenal for reconstructing the daily, spiritual, and challenging aspects of ancient lives and for understanding human evolution. The book is a fitting tribute to Tom Loy, the pioneer of residue studies and gifted teacher who inspired and mentored these exciting projects.

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