Archaeological Chemistry VIII (ACS Symposium Series)

Archaeological Chemistry VIII (ACS Symposium Series)

By: James H. Burton (editor), Ruth Ann Armitage (editor)Hardback

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The 12th Archaeological Chemistry Symposium was held as part of the Spring ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 7-11, 2013. This volume is a compilation of presentations from the Symposium, the latest in a long tradition that began at the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia in 1950. The papers herein show that archaeological chemistry today is more than the usual studies of trace elements in pottery and lithics, which continue to contribute to our understanding of human behavior in the past. New areas of research include more focus on portability to analyze pigments in situ and artifacts in museums, nascent developments in non- and minimally destructive chemical characterization, new applications of isotopic analyses, and an increasing interest in archaeological biomolecules. This volume is divided into sections that roughly follow those of the Symposium: Pigments, Residues and Material Analysis, X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy, and Isotopes in Archaeology. The first section, Pigments and Dyes, begins with a review of manuscript pigments by Dr. Mary Virginia Orna, the organizer of the 9th Archaeological Chemistry Symposium and Editor of Archaeological Chemistry: Organic, Inorganic, and Biochemical Analysis (2). Each of the following sections begins with a review paper from one of the invited speakers. Dr. Valerie Steele, now at the University of Bradford in the Department of Archaeological Science, provides an overview of the state - for better and for worse - of analyses of archaeological residues. Portable X-ray fluorescence instruments are becoming extremely common in archaeological chemistry investigations; Dr. Aaron Shugar of Buffalo State University provides in his chapter some perspectives and warnings against the indiscriminate use of this technology. Finally, Dr. Matthew Sponheimer gives an overview of the contributions of stable carbon isotope and trace metal studies in understanding early hominin diets. The final chapter of the book provides a perspective on the earliest work in archaeological chemistry in the 18th century and brings us up to today's challenges.

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Ruth Ann Armitage is affiliated with Eastern Michigan University. James H. Burton is affiliated with the Laboratory for Archaeological Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Preface ; Pigments and Dyes ; 1. Artists' Pigments in Illuminated Medieval Manuscripts: Tracing Artistic ; Influences and ConnectionsDLA Review ; Mary Virginia Orna ; 2. Investigation of Ancient Roman Pigments by Portable ; Spectroscopy and Polarized Light Microscopy ; Ruth F. Beeston and Hilary Becker ; 3. New Chemical Insights into the Ancient Molluskan Purple Dyeing Process ; Zvi C. Koren ; 4. Developing Direct Analysis in Real Time Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometric ; Methods for Identification of Organic Dyes in Historic Wool Textiles ; Calvin J. Day, Cathy Selvius DeRoo, and Ruth Ann Armitage ; Residue Analysis ; 5. Organic Residues in Archaeology: The Highs and Lows of Recent ; Research ; Val Steele ; 6. 18th-Century Glue Recipes: Towards Identifying Glue Residues from Ferry ; Farm, George Washington's Boyhood Home ; Daniel Fraser, Mara Kaktins, and Ruth Ann Armitage ; 7. Physicochemical Study of Black Pigments in Prehistoric Paints from ; Oxtotitlan Cave, Guerrero, Mexico ; Joseph McPeak, Mary D. Pohl, Christopher L. von Nagy, Heather Hurst, ; Marvin W. Rowe, Eliseo F. Padilla Gutierrez, and Jon Russ ; 8. Plasma Oxidation of Organic Residues on Modern Stone Tools ; Karen L. Steelman and Hayden Burger ; 9. GC-MS Characterization of Carbohydrates in an Archaeological Use ; Residue: A Case Study from the Coahuila Desert ; Badrinath Dhakal and Ruth Ann Armitage ; X-ray Fluorescence in Archaeometry ; 10. Portable X-ray Fluorescence and Archaeology: Limitations of the ; Instrument and Suggested Methods To Achieve Desired Results ; Aaron N. Shugar ; 11. Source Analysis of Prehistoric Obsidian Artifacts in Sicily (Italy) Using ; pXRF ; Robert H. Tykot, Kyle P. Freund, and Andrea Vianello ; 12. Investigating Obsidian Procurement at Integration Period (ca. AD ; 700-1500) Tola Sites in Highland Northern Ecuador via Portable X-ray ; Fluorescence (pXRF) ; Eric Dyrdahl and Robert J. Speakman ; 13. Advantages and Disadvantages of pXRF for Archaeological Ceramic ; Analysis: Prehistoric Pottery Distribution and Trade in NW Florida ; R. H. Tykot, N. M. White, J. P. Du Vernay, J. S. Freeman, C. T. Hays, M. Koppe, ; C. N. Hunt, R. A. Weinstein, and D. S. Woodward ; 14. Interregional Interaction and Dilmun Power in the Bronze Age: A ; Provenance Study of Ceramics from Bronze Age Sites in Kuwait and ; Bahrain Using Non-Destructive pXRF Analysis ; Hasan J. Ashkanani and Robert H. Tykot ; 15. pXRF Analysis of Arsenic When Lead Is Present: A Cautionary Tale ; Marvin W. Rowe, Sally J. Cole, and Mohammed Yousuf ; 16. Metal Plate Connectors and Iron Nails on the Tripitaka Koreana Printing ; Woodblocks ; Choon Ho Do, Chong-Hong Pyun, Byung-Yong Yu, and Jung Hyun Bae ; Isotopes, Dating, and ; Materials Analysis ; 17. A Brief Update on Developments in Early Hominin Biogeochemistry ; Matt Sponheimer, Julia A. Lee-Thorp, and Daryl Codron ; 18. Seeking the Local 87Sr/86Sr Ratio To Determine Geographic Origins of ; Humans ; James H. Burton and T. Douglas Price ; 19. Reconstructing Paleoenvironments in the Western Desert, Egypt: ESR ; Dating Freshwater Molluscs from Kharga Oasis ; Anne R. Skinner, Bonnie A. B. Blackwell, Maxine R. Kleindienst, Jennifer R. Smith, ; Johanna M. Kieniewicz, Katherine A. Adelsberger, C. S. "Rufus" Churcher, ; Aislinn E. Deely, Faizullah Mashriqi, Kassandra V. Spiller, Joel I. B. Blickstein, ; Jane J. J. Gong, and Rebecca A. Long ; 20. Laser Ablation-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry ; (LA-ICP-MS) Analysis of Refired Glass Pendants from the North American ; Upper Great Lakes ; Heather Walder ; 21. Analysis of Samples Excavated from a Royal Tomb in El Zotz: Application ; of Materials Science Characterization Techniques in Archaeology ; Kristina A. Cheung, Nuoya Xie, Zhaoying Yao, Stephen Houston, Sarah Newman, ; Edwin Rene Roman-Ramirez, Thomas Garrison, Christian Fischer, Vanessa Muros, ; Sergey Prikhodko, and Ioanna Kakoulli ; 22. Preliminary Results on Biomimetic Methods Based on Soluble Ammonium ; Phosphate Precursors for the Consolidation of Archaeological Wall ; Paintings ; Magdalena Balonis-Sant, Xiao Ma, and Ioanna Kakoulli ; Archaeological Chemistry: ; Then and Now ; 23. "Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer": Archaeological Chemistry Since ; 1790 ; A. M. Pollard ; Editors' Biographies ; Indexes ; Author Index ; Subject Index

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  • publication date: 15/05/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780841229242
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 488
  • ID: 9780841229242
  • weight: 792
  • ISBN10: 0841229244

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