Archaeological Chemistry

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James D. Winefordner, Zvi Goffer
Fecha Publicacion
1 jun. 2007
This new edition includes:
  • A chapter on the use of computer techniques in archaeological chemistry.
  • A condensed introductory chapter, so that readers can get right into the "meat" of the book.
  • Updated material on all the methods and techniques used to study the nature, age, and provenance of archaeological materials.
  • Updated bibliographies and references.

1. Minerals: rock and stone; pigments, abrasives, gemstones.

a. The chemical elements.

b. Minerals and mineraloids.

c. Rock and stone.

d. The study of archaeological stone.

e. The chemical analysis of archaeological materials.

f. The provenance of archaeological materials.

g. The chronology of archaeological materials.

h. Pigments.

i. Abrasives.

j. Gemstones.

i. Cutting and polishing gemstones.

2. Lithics: Flint and obsidian.

a. Quartz and flint.

b. Obsidian.

c. Use wear analysis.

3. Sand: glass, glaze, enamel.

a. Glass, glaze and enamel.

b. Glass.

c. Glassmaking.

d. Ancient glass studies.

e. The decay of glass.

4. Secondary rocks: building stone, brick, cement, mortar.

a. Building stone.

b. Cement.

c. The study of ancient cements.

5. Ores: metals and alloys.

a. Native metals.

b. Metalliferous ores.

c. Mining.

d. Ore dressing.

e. Smelting.

f. Metal refining.

g. Alloys.

h. The metals and alloys of antiquity.

i. The deterioration of metals and alloys - Corrosion.

j. The study of archaeological metals and alloys.

6. Sediments and soils.

a. Sediments, oxygen isotopes and ancient temperatures.

b. Soil.

7. Clay: Pottery and other ceramic materials.

a. Primary clay.

b. Secondary clay.

c. Clay and ceramic materials.

d. Ceramic materials.

e. Making ceramics.

f. Common ceramic materials       .

g. The study of ancient pottery.

8. The biosphere: Organic and biological substances.

a. Living organisms and cells.

b. Biological matter: organic and bioinorganic substances.

c. Ancient biological materials.

d. Dating organic materials.

9. Carbohydrates: wood, gums, resins.

a. Wood.

b. Gums.

c. Resins.

d. Carbohydrates, isotopes and the study of ancient diets.

10. Lipids: oils, fats and waxes.

a. Oils.

b. Fats.

c. Waxes.

d. Soap.

e. Ancient lipids.

11. Proteins:   skin and hide, leather, glue.

a. Animal skin.

b. Skin and hide.

c. Leather.

d. Glue.

e. Dating ancient proteins - amino acid racemization dating.

12. The nucleic acids: Human traits; genetics and evolution.

a. DNA after death.

b. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

c. Ancient DNA studies.

13. Fibers: yarn, textiles and cordage; writing materials.

a. Fibers.

b. Textile and cordage fibers.

c. Vegetable fibers.

d. Animal fibers.

e. Inorganic   fibers.

f. The study of archaeological fibers.

g. Writing materials.

14. Dyes and dyeing.

a. Stains and staining.

b. The dyeing process.

c. Mordants.

d. The nature of dyes.

e. Ancient dyes.

f. The identification and characterization of ancient dyes and mordants.

15. Bioinorganic materials;   bone, ivory, shell, phytoliths.

a. Bone.

b. Teeth.

c. Ivory.

d. Horn.

e. Antler.

f. Shell.

g. Archaeological bone.

h. Bone, stable isotopes and ancient diets.

16. Some ancient   remains: mummies, fossils, coprolites.

a. Mummies and mummification.

b. Embalming.

c. Fossils and fossilization.

d. Animal excretions, coprolites.

17. The environment and the decay of archaeological materials.

a. Air and the atmosphere.

b. The composition of the atmosphere.

c. Water and the hydrosphere.

d. Pollution.

e. Air pollutants.

f. Water pollutants.

g. The interaction of materials with the environment.

h. Temperature effects.

i. Sunlight.

j. Oxygen and ozone.

k. Water.

l. Air pollutants.

m. The deterioration of some archaeological materials.

18. The authentication of antiquities.

a. Technical and scientific and methods of authentication.

b. Some authentication studies.

Appendix I. The Chemical Elements.

Appendix II. Chronometric Dating Methods: Selection criteria.

Appendix III. Symbols, constants, units and equivalencies.



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