Authoritative and essential guide to methods interpreting the ecology of archaeological sites, and their applications.
Dincauza (anthropology, U. of Massachusetts-Amherst) offers archaeologists a guide to using a wide range of scientific approaches for delineating and interpreting the ecology of their sites. They include measuring time with isotopes and magnetism, climate reconstruction, geomorphology, sedimentology, soil science, paleobotany, and faunal paleoecology. She warns that selecting and using such techniques without understanding their theoretical foundation can lead to some very silly findings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)