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Research priorities in archaeological science

Paul Mellars (Editors)

CBA Occasional Papers No. 17 (1987)

ISBN 0 906780 67 5


Title page of report 17

For 16 main divisions of archaeological science, the individual contributors set out current needs and priorities for the next 5-10 years. The divisions are: for biological and environmental sciences, environmental studies, pollen analysis, plant macrofossils, soils and sediments, vertebrate archaeozoology, invertebrate zooarchaeology, and human remains; for technological analysis and site prospecting, archaeometallurgy, ceramic analysis, lithic analysis, and site prospecting; and for dating, radiocarbon dating, radiocarbon accelerator dating, dendrochronology, and thermoluminescence dating. Contributors are Martin Jones, N D Balaam, R G Scaife, R I Macphail, S Limbrey, Geoff Bailey, Caroline Grigson, KD Thomas, S W Hillson, E Slater, I Freestone, Patricia Phillips, A J Clark, R Switsur, J Gowlett, M G L Baillie, M J Aitken, I K Bailiff, and S G E Bowman. A common thread runs through the document: the need for ensuring continuity of resources, more financial support for training, more funds for innovative research, a reassessment of the means of publication, closer integration of scientific work with field planning, etc.


  • Title pages
  • 1 Introduction by Paul Mellars (pp 1-3)
  • Section 1 Biological and environmental sciences
    • 2 Environmental Studies by Martin Jones (pp 4-6)
    • 3 Archaeological pollen anaysis by N D Balaam & R G Scaife (pp 7-10)
    • 4 Plant Macrofossils by Martin Jones (pp 11-13)
    • 5 Soils and sediments by R I Macphail, N D Balaam & S Limbrey (pp 14-16)
    • 6 Vertebrate archaeozoology by Geoff Bailey & Caroline Grigson (pp 17-22)
    • 7 Invertebrate zooarchaeology by K D Thomas (pp 23-25)
    • 8 Human remains by S W Hillson (pp 26-28)
  • Section 2 Technological analysis and site prospecting
    • 9 Archaeometallurgy by E Slater (pp 29-32)
    • 10 Ceramic analysis by Ian Freestone (pp 33-35)
    • 11 Lithic analysis by Patricia Phillips (pp 36-37)
    • 12 Site prospecting by A J Clark (pp 38-39)
  • Section 3 Dating
    • 13 Radiocarbon dating by Roy Switsur (pp 40-44)
    • 14 Radiocarbon accelerator dating by John Gowlett (pp 45-46)
    • 15 Dendrochronology by M G L Baillie (pp 47-49)
    • 16 Thermoluminescence dating by M J Aitken, I K Bailiff, & S G E Bowman (pp 50-51)

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