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H 235 x W 155 mm

142 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour

Published Dec 2011

Potingair Press


Paperback: 9780956824004

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Earth sciences; Aegean; medicines

Lemnian Earth and the earths of the Aegean

An archaeological guide to medicines, pigments and washing powders

By Effie Photos-Jones, Alan J Hall


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The earths of the Aegean were used daily by people as medicines, pigments, fumigants, mordants or washing powders. This book investigates whether they can be found today on the islands that gave them their names and whether they still ‘work’.


About the Author

Effie Photos-Jones is an archaeological scientist and director of SASAA, a company based in Glasgow specializing in the scientific analysis of archaeological materials. She has co-directed archaeological research projects in the Aegean and carried out many archaeometallurgical studies in Greece including at Lavrion. She has published extensively on the topic of ancient technologies. Her current interests focus on early mineral pharmacological agents and the industries that made them available in antiquity. Alan J Hall recently retired as Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow where he taught geoarchaeology. His specialist research interests are in mineralogy and geochemistry. He co-directed the research project on Melos.