This book aims to thoroughly discuss new directions of thinking in the arena of environmental archaeology and test them by presenting new practical applications.Recent theoretical and epistemological advancement in the field of archaeology calls for a re-definition of the subdiscipline of environmental archaeology and its position within the practise of archaeology. New technological and methodological discoveries in hard sciences and computer applications opened fresh ways for interdisciplinary collaborations thus introducing new branches and specialisations that need now to be accommodated and integrated within the previous status-quo.This edited volume will take the challenge and engage with contemporary international discussions about the role of the discipline within the general framework of archaeology. By drawing upon these debates, the contributors to this volume will rethink what environmental archaeology is and what kind of input the investigation of this kind of materiality has to the reconstruction of human history and sociality.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Environmental Archaeology: What is in a name?.- Chapter 2: Environmental Archaeology: The end of the road?.- Chapter 3: Changing perspectives: Exploring ways and means of collaborating in Environmental Archaeology.- Chapter 4: Environmental Archaeology in Southern Scandinavia.- Chapter 5: A man and a plant: Archaeobotany.- Chaper 6: Bridging Archaeology and Genetics.- Chapter 7: Wood charcoal analysis in Archaeology.- Chapter 8: Palaeothnobotanical Contributions to Human-Environment Interaction.- Chapter 9: Ethnoarchaeology as a means of improving integration: an ethnozooarchaeological study from Cyprus and its contribution to the integration of zooarchaeology with archaeobotany and other lines of archaeological evidence.- Chapter 10: Exploring the wetland: Integrating the fish and plant remains into a case-study from Tianluoshan, a middle Neolithic site in China.- Chapter 11: All or nothing: Spatial analysis and intepretation of archaeological record based on the integration of artifactual, ecofactual and contextual data at the Medieval site of Komana.