Archaeometry

Alan Watchman

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Abstract

Archaeometry is the application of the various sciences in archaeology to determine age, composition, structure, origin, production technique, resource exploitation, and environment. This field of research includes radiocarbon, luminescence, and other numerical dating methods, geochemical and mineralogical analyses, metallurgical studies, and stable isotope chemistry. The scope of archaeometry is expanding and diversifying as new physical and chemical analytical techniques are employed to provide archaeologists with answers to questions about natural and human artifacts, site characteristics, organic remains, and past environments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages905-908
Number of pages4
Edition2nd
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Archaeometry
  • Artifacts
  • Ceramics
  • Metallurgy
  • Paleodiets

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