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H 290 x W 205 mm
153 figures, 6 tables (71 pages in colour)
Published Oct 2019
urban archaeology; Classical archaeology; assemblages; dating; formation processes; residuality; Monte Carlo; Roman pottery
By Guido Furlan
This book considers the dating of archaeological strata on the basis of the assemblages recovered from them. It reviews the present state of archaeological practice and follows this with a theoretical discussion of the key concepts involved in the issue of dating deposits.
'Guido Furlan's merit is to bring together the English and Italian language research and to show parallel lines of discussion that are often ignored by the other side. He also shows how easily statistical methods can be used profitably and included in the evaluation of an excavation. In classical archaeology, in particular, reflection on archaeological taphonomy should be given greater weight. In this regard, the book discussed is a contribution worth reading, which gives reason to hope that the subject will also be dealt with more intensively in German-speaking countries.' – Thomas Lappi (2021): Germania 99