Archaeological Method and Theory: An Encyclopedia

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Linda Ellis
Taylor & Francis, Jan 20, 2000 - Social Science - 600 pages
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This encyclopedia provides an up-to-date survey of archaeological method and theory, as well as the application of physical and biological sciences in archaeological research. Every aspect of archaeological work is represented, from the discovery process to the ultimate disposition of materials. Thus the reader will find entries on subject matter covering:
* disciplinary theory
* legislation affecting the work of archaeologists
* pre-excavation surveying
* excavation methodology
* on-site conservation techniques
* post-excavation analysis
The latest refinements in analytical technology and techniques such as radiometric dating, stable isotopic analysis, and the PCR technique of DNA analysis are clearly and authoritatively presented and discussions are enhanced with results from interdisciplinary research.
This encyclopedia importantly covers all major US legislation developed for the protection of cultural property, including the recent Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and offers a substantial article on worldwide legislation concerning the reburial of human remains and its effects on the present and future of archaeology.

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Linda Ellis received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University. She is currently a professor in the Department of Classics and Classical Archaeology and Director of the M.A. program in Museum Studies at San Francisco State University. She has published two books and many articles on the applications of science to archaeology, ancient technology, and East European archaeology. In addition to conducting on-going surveying and excavation of sites in Romania, Dr. Ellis is a National Museum Surveyor for the American Association of Museums and an advisor to museums throughout the world on protection of preventive conservation and cultural property.

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