The Contributions of Vance T. Holliday to the Earth Sciences

Author(s): Rolfe Mandel

Year: 2018


Vance T. Holliday, the recipient of SAA’s 2018 Fryxell Award for Interdisciplinary Research, has devoted his career to applying geoscientific methods and theories in archaeological investigations. Vance’s scientific contributions, however, go beyond archaeology; he has played an important role in facilitating our understanding of landforms, sediments, and soils that provide the context for archaeological sites. The sites he has investigated, with a focus on their geomorphology, soils, stratigraphy, and paleoenvironmental records are in a variety of landscape settings. Those settings include playas, draws, river valleys, dune fields, and loess-mantled uplands. Through decades of research, he has been instrumental in developing our knowledge of late-Quaternary landscape evolution, soil genesis, and especially soil stratigraphy. Against the backdrop of Vance’s long and productive career as a geoarchaeologist, this paper provides an overview of his contributions to the Earth sciences.

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The Contributions of Vance T. Holliday to the Earth Sciences. Rolfe Mandel. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444219)

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