The "state factor' approach in geoarchaeology

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The "state factor' approach to pedology significantly increases the potential applications of soil studies in archaeological contexts. Chronosequences are useful in dating and correlating sites and for predicting the occurrence of sites of a given age. Consideration of the time factor also can profoundly influence interpretations of occupation zones in buried soils. Toposequences and lithosequences can be important in understanding and interpreting environmental change in an archaeological site and, along with biosequences, are useful in reconstructing the relationship of human occupations to paleolandscapes and landscape evolution, and reconstructing palaeoenvironments. Understanding and interpretation of soil stratigraphy in archaeological contexts also can be greatly enhanced by consideration of the state factors. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-86
Number of pages22
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1994

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  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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