By George Rapp
Archaeomineralogy presents a wealth of data for mineralogists, geologists and archaeologists enthusiastic about archaeometric stuides of our previous. the 1st version was once rather well recieved and praised for its systematic description of the rocks and minerals used througout the realm by way of our ancestors and for its first-class record of over 500 references, supplying easy accessibility to the fields of archaeomineralogy and geoacrchaeology.
This moment version of Archaeomineralogy takes an up to date and extended examine the human use of rocks and minerals from the Paleolithic via to the 18th century ACE. It keeps the constitution and major subject matters of the unique version yet has been revised and extended with greater than two hundred new references within the textual content, a bibliography of necessary references now not integrated within the textual content, a dozen new figures (drawings and photos), assurance of many extra very important mineral, rock, and gem fabrics, elevated geographic scope, really yet now not constrained to jap Europe, and a extra thorough overview of early contributions to archaeomineralogy specifically these of Agricola.
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