Soil Science and Archaeology: Three Test Cases from Minoan Crete [Hardback]

Michael W. Morris(Author)

ISBN: 9781931534031 | Published by: INSTAP Academic Press (Institute for Aegean Prehistory) | Series: Prehistory Monographs | Volume: 4 | Year of Publication: 2002 | Language: English 181p, H11.02 x W8.5, 39 b/w figs, 11 b/w pls, 19 tbs
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Soil Science and Archaeology


In this book Michael Morris presents a detailed study of the prehistoric landscape in three regions of Crete. He examines the development, stability, and physio-chemical composition of selected soils near three archaeological sites: Karphi, a Late Minoan IIIC "Refuge Site"; Chrysokamino, a Final Neolithic to Late Minoan IIIB Farmhouse; Vronda and Kastro near Kavousi, two Late Minoan IIIC to Geometric Sites. Morris offers conclusions on the history of the Cretan landscape and its formation processes, and how those processes contribute to our understanding of the human use of the landscape. The book will interest anyone involved with the archaeology of Minoan Crete, as well as those who study the pedological history of other regions.

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"I would recommend this to any student embarking on a geoarchaeological study of arcaheological soils.'"
Bill Boyd
Antiquity (2005)

"...recommended to those scholars teaching and specializing in archaeological investigation...'"
Enzo Ferrara
American Journal Of Archaeology (2005)

"Few similarly detailed soil studies around excavated sites have yet been published from Crete.'"
Saro Wallace
Aegean Archaeology (Vol. 7 2003-2004)

"a very well-produced and rather unusual book'"
Charly French
The Holocene 14 (2004)

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