Soils, Sediments, Archaeology, Micromorphology, and Vance Holliday

Author(s): Paul Goldberg

Year: 2018


Soils are different from sediments. Many of these differences have been revealed by Vance Holliday during his career, through field work and numerous publications that have significantly influenced all disciplines. Nevertheless, there is a tendency to treat any soft stuff that is being excavated as "soil", and this confusion needs to be continuously corrected. Here, I present a number of examples of the use of archaeological micromorphology to highlight the distinctions between soils and sediments and show that sometimes, things that look like soils aren’t really. I will use examples from sites in the US and the Old World to illustrate these points.

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Soils, Sediments, Archaeology, Micromorphology, and Vance Holliday. Paul Goldberg. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444210)

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