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Author Peterson, Sarah E., 1983-

Title Retrieval of materials with water separation machines / by Sarah E. Peterson ; with contributions by Philip P. Betancourt.

Publication Info. Philadelphia, Pa. : INSTAP Academic Press, [2009]

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Description 1 online resource (20 pages) : illustrations.
Physical Medium polychrome
Description text file
Series INSTAP archaeological excavation manual ; 1
INSTAP archaeological excavation manual ; 1.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 19-20).
Contents Goals for using water separation machines -- History of water separation machines -- General components of a water separation machine -- Operation of a water separation machine -- Retrieval of soil -- Sorting and study of remains -- Contamination -- Case studies.
Summary From the introduction: A water separation, or flotation, machine is an instrument that divides soil into three components: the material that floats (called flot or light fraction), the stones and other heavy portions that do not float (called residue or heavy fraction), and the particles that either dissolve in water or become suspended in it and are washed away. The primary purpose for utilizing such a device is the recovery of organic remains, such as charred seeds, charcoal, or small bones, which would otherwise be permanently lost. However, the machine is of great value for archaeological.
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Subject Archaeology -- Methodology.
Archaeology -- Methodology.
Archaeology -- Fieldwork.
Archaeology -- Fieldwork.
Excavations (Archaeology)
Excavations (Archaeology)
Soils -- Analysis.
Soils -- Analysis.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Betancourt, Philip P., 1936-
Other Form: Print version: Peterson, Sarah E., 1983- Retrieval of materials with water separation machines. Philadelphia, Pa. : INSTAP Academic Press, ©2009 9781931534536 (DLC) 2009006380 (OCoLC)310171822
ISBN 9781623031299 (electronic book)
162303129X (electronic book)