The Archaeology of Garden and Field

9780812216417: Paperback
Release Date: 1st September 1997

77 illus.

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 248

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

The Archaeology of Garden and Field

Paperback / £23.99

Cultivation and land use practices the world over reflect many aspects of people's relationship to each other and to the natural world. The Archaeology of Garden and Field explores the cultivation of land from prehistoric times to the nineteenth century through excavation, experimentation, and the study of modern cultural traditions.

The Archaeology of Garden and Field contains a wealth of information distilled from the combined experiences of the editors and contributors. Whether one's interest is the Old World or the New, prehistory or the present, this book provides a starting point for anyone who has ever wondered how archaeologists find and interpret the ephemeral traces of ancient cultivation.

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1. To Bound and to Cultivate: An Introduction to the Archaeology of Gardens and Fields
—Kathryn L. Gleason
2. Fertilizer in the Identification and Analysis of Cultivated Soil
—Naomi F. Miller, Kathryn L. Gleason
3. Archaeological Palynology of Gardens and Fields
—Suzanne K. Fish
4. Remote Sensing of Gardens and Fields
—Bruce Bevan
5. The Creation of Cultivable Land through Terracing
—John M. Treacy, William M. Denevan
6. Methodological Considerations in the Study of Ancient Andean Field Systems
—Clark L. Erickson
7. The "Celtic" Field Systems on the Berkshire Downs, England Stephen Ford
—Mark Bowden, Vincent Gaffney, Geoffrey C. Mees
8. Techniques for Excavating and Analyzing Buried Eighteenth-Century Garden Landscapes
—Anne E. Yentsch, Judson M. Kratzer
9. The Landscapes and Ideational Roles of Caribbean Slave Gardens
—Lydia Mihelic Pulsipher

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"One of the few well-focused source books available on methods for studying plants, people, and the use of cultivated space in the past."—Journal of Field Archaeology

"This volume focuses on the archaeology of cultivated land in gardens and fields. However, the techniques and bibliographies it provides have much broader applications and will prove useful to archaeologists who do not consider themselves landscape archaeologists."—American Antiquity

"Finally, a comprehensive book that focuses on the newly developing science that interprets archaeological evidence of human utilization of land for agricultural and garden purposes. . . . Fine coverage of basic techniques and integration of recent advances in the field."—Northeastern Naturalist