Depositional History of Franchthi Cave: Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, and Chronology

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Indiana University Press, 2000 - Social Science - 135 pages
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This fascicle describes the background of the Franchthi project and its excavation history and methodology. Particle size, mineralogy, and chemistry are all taken into consideration as the cultural remains and the sediments from the cave are analyzed to determine their origin and history. William Farrand constructs an integrated stratigraphy for the entire cave using excavators' notes, laboratory analyses, and personal field data to correlate sequences in separate trenches. On the basis of some 60 radiocarbon dates, the evolution and chronology of the sedimentary fill is postulated.

 

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Contents

Chapter Two Excavation History and Methodology
11
Chapter Three Geographical and Geological Setting
31
Chapter Five Sedimentology
59
Chapter Six Chronology of the Cave Fill
75
Chapter Seven Evolution of the Cave Filling
89
Appendix B Analytical Data for Sediment Samples
105
1a Franchthi Headland across Kiladha Bay
122
7a Upper Part of West Face of FAN
128
INDEX
131
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William R. Farrand, participating scientist on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, has studied deposits in prehistoric caves and rockshelters in France, Spain, Algeria, and most of the countries in the Near East, He is an established practitioner and spokesman for the field of geoarchaeology.

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