The subject of ‘Molluscs in Archaeology’ has not been dealt with collectively for several decades. This new volume in Oxbow’s Studying Scientific Archaeology series addresses many aspects of molluscs in archaeology.
It will give the reader an overview of the whole topic; methods of analysis and approaches to interpretation. It aims to be a broad-based text book giving readers an insight into how to apply analysis to different present and past landscapes, and how to interpret those landscapes.
It includes marine, freshwater and land snail studies, and examines topics such as diet, economy, climate, environment and land-use, isotopes and molluscs as artefacts. It aims to provide archaeologists and students with the first port of call giving them a) methods and principles, and b) the potential information molluscs can provide.
It concentrates on analysis and interpretation most archaeologists and students can undertake and understand, and reviews the 'heavier' science in terms of potential, application and interpretational value.