Geoarchaeology: The Geomorphologist and Archaeology

  title={Geoarchaeology: The Geomorphologist and Archaeology},
  author={Bruce G. Gladfelter},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  pages={519 - 538}
Abstract The contributions of the earth sciences, particularly geomorphology and sedimentary petrography, to the interpretation and environmental reconstruction of archaeological contexts is called "geoarchaeology." The physical context provides a palaeo-environmental legacy liable to patterning and interpretation just as artifacts imply prehistoric cultural activity. Through field study and laboratory analyses, the geoarchaeologist elaborates the micro-, meso-, and macro-environments of a site… 

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