By George Rapp
Archaeomineralogy offers a wealth of knowledge for mineralogists, geologists and archaeologists occupied with 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 area via our ancestors and for its very good checklist of over 500 references, offering easy accessibility to the fields of archaeomineralogy and geoacrchaeology.
This moment version of Archaeomineralogy takes an up to date and increased examine the human use of rocks and minerals from the Paleolithic via to the 18th century ACE. It keeps the constitution and major topics of the unique variation yet has been revised and multiplied with greater than 2 hundred new references within the textual content, a bibliography of invaluable references now not integrated within the textual content, a dozen new figures (drawings and photos), insurance of many extra vital mineral, rock, and gem fabrics, elevated geographic scope, really yet now not restricted to japanese Europe, and a extra thorough evaluation of early contributions to archaeomineralogy in particular these of Agricola.
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