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Find Your Science at GSA
02 May 2011
GSA Release No. 11-29
Christa Stratton
Director of Education, Communication, & Outreach

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Special Paper 476

New GSA Special Paper Uses the Past to Answer Questions About the Future

Boulder, CO, USA - What is geoarchaeology and what is its relationship to landscape history, climate change, and sustainability? This new Special Paper from The Geological Society of America answers these questions, touching on research, case studies valuable for teaching, history, and geological techniques.

Volume editors Antony G. Brown and Laura S. Basell of the UK’s University of Southampton and Karl W. Buzter of The University of Austin at Texas, USA, have pulled together a broad survey of recent advances in geoarchaeology, giving particular attention to environmental change. The volume’s fourteen chapters include methodologically innovative research, case studies, and the application of geological techniques to answer archaeological questions from lower Paleolithic hunting to the location of Homer’s Ithaca.

Geoarchaeology, Climate Change, and Sustainability also includes a major position paper and, unusually, two papers on the management of geoarchaeological resources. The geographical and chronological coverage are broad, ranging from the Lower Paleolithic (lower Pleistocene) to the Iron Age (late Holocene), and from rural Iran to urban Manhattan.

The interdisciplinary research presented here clearly demonstrates the value and practical application of geoarchaeological techniques from sediment-based dating to geographic information systems.

Individual copies of the volume may be purchased through the Geological Society of America online store, or by contacting GSA Sales and Service, .

Book editors of earth science journals/publications may request a review copy by contacting Jeanette Hammann, .

Geoarchaeology, Climate Change, and Sustainability
Antony G. Brown, Laura S. Basell, and Karl W. Butzer (editors)
Geological Society of America Special Paper 476
SPE476, 194 p., $80.00; member price $56.00
ISBN 978-0-8137-2476-8