Archaeomineralogy - Natural Science in Archaeology (Hardback)
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Archaeomineralogy - Natural Science in Archaeology (Hardback)

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Hardback 338 Pages / Published: 14/05/2002
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This book presents a systematic look at the utilization of rock and mineral materials from prehistoric times through the 17th century ACE. The coverage is nearly world-wide and gives more than 800 references. Among the numerous illustrations are maps showing the location of major rock, mineral, and ore deposits, as well as photos and drawings of minerals, artifacts, statues, and large structures. Major portions of this book are based on 34 years of experience the author has doing geoarchaeology, archaeomineralogy, and archaeometallurgy in more than a dozen countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.

Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
ISBN: 9783540425793
Number of pages: 338


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Praise for George R. Rapp's Archaeomineralogy

Geoscientist

"The text is crammed full of useful information, is well-balanced using both new and Old World examples of the archaeomaterials described. It also provides a broad, but of necessity, all too brief overview of the geological raw materials used in antiquity."

Mineralium Deposita

"The book provides much interesting discussion of how particular names came to be employed by archaeologists working in different regions of the world. Overall, I found that the book had much to offer for any geologist or archaeologist interested in minerals and rocks and how they have been used in the past."

The Holocene

"This is a gem of a book, it's strength is that it is encyclopedic in content, if not in layout, draws on a wealth of field experience and almost every sentence contains a nugget of information"

Geological Magazine

"The current volume aims to provide a systematic overview of minerals and rocks that have been used from prehistoric times though to the 17th Century. It is a very readable well-written overview of the subject. In addition to the extensive bibliography there is also a very useful glossary of mineralogical, geological and archaeological terms. Overall this is an excellent volume that should appeal equally to those with a geological or an archaeological background. Highly recommended."

"The scope of this book is ambitious. In it the author aims to cover the main mineral and rock materials used in antiquity from Prehistoric times to the 17th century AD a ] . the range of materials covered and the extensive bibliography of some 800 references provide the reader with a good startingpoint for further study. a ] It is really a book to be dipped into a ] . Overall, the book is well balanced using both New and Old World examples a ] ." (Louise Joyner, Geoscientist, Vol. 13 (9), 2003)

"This little book provides a wealth of information in an entertaining and readable fashion. The coverage is both very broad and complete a ] . I found the archaeological discussion very informative, and the excellent biography, with over 500 references, provide an immediate entry into the geoarchaeology literature on many different subjects! Overall, I found that the book had much to offer for any geologist or archaeologist interested in minerals and rocks and how they have been used in the past." (C. R. Stern, Mineralium Deposita, Vol. 38 (5), 2003)

"This is a gem of a book a ] . Its aim is to provide a ~a systematic look at the mineral and rock materials that have been used from prehistoric times through the seventeenth century ACEa (TM) a ] . Moreover, it attempts to give world coverage a ] . this is a huge task. It is a great credit, therefore, to the scholarship, energy and experience of the author, that he has managed to achieve his aim a ] ." (A. M. Pollard, The Holocene, Vol. 13 (5), 2003)

"The current volume aims to provide a systematic overview of minerals and rocks that have been used from prehistoric times through to the 17th Century. a ] it is a very readable well-written overview of the subject. In addition to the extensive bibliography there is also a very useful glossary of mineralogical, geological and archaeological terms a ] . Overall this is an excellent volume that should appeal equally to those with a geological or an archaeological background. Highlyrecommended." (Allan Pring, Geological Magazine, Vol. 140 (3), 2003)

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