Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New geoarchaeology book by GSA

Geoarchaeology, Climate Change, and Sustainability

Edited by Antony G. Brown, Laura S. Basell, and Karl W. Butzer
2011, 174 pp.

"This volume provides a broad survey of recent advances in geoarchaeology with particular attention to environmental change. The fourteen chapters include methodologically innovative research, case studies valuable for teaching, and the use of geological techniques to answer archaeological questions from lower Paleolithic hunting to the location of Homer’s Ithaca. Geoarchaeology, Climate Change, and Sustainability also includes a major position paper and, unusually, two papers on the management of the geoarchaeological resource. Both the geographical and chronological coverage are broad ranging from the Lower Paleolithic (lower Pleistocene) to the Iron Age (late Holocene), and from rural Iran to urban Manhattan. The research presented here clearly demonstrates the value and practical application of geoarchaeological techniques from sediment-based dating to geographic information systems."



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

JAAS Issue on Synchrotron Radiation in Art and Archaeology



JAAS (Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy) recently released a special issue on synchrotron radiation in art and archaeometry. This issue is the proceedings of the 2010 conference of the same name. The cover articles on X-ray investigations of paintings are available for free through the end of May.