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Book: Pedological Perspectives in Archaeological Research
Published by: Soil Science Society of America



  1.  p. 81-94
    SSSA Special Publication 44.
    Pedological Perspectives in Archaeological Research

    Mary E. Collins, Brian J. Carter, Bruce G. Gladfelter and Randal J. Southard (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-939-8


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Archaeology in a Region of Spodosols, Part 2

  1. Kathleen E. Callum
  1. GEOARCH, Brandon, Vermont and University of Maine, Orono, Maine


Moist to wet and cold or temperate climates foster the development of Spodosols. Archaeologists working in areas where Spodosols dominate contend with many similar themes. Problematic topics regarding the interpretation of archaeological sites in a region where Spodosols occur often include context, chronology, paleo-environmental reconstruction, disturbance, archaeological material preservation, and especially anthropogenic geochemistry. Project planning, associated geoarchaeological or pedoarchaeological research, and sediment sampling may require protocols unique to this soil order. A soil order level approach to interdisciplinary research is illustrated at several New England localities, Eddington Bend, Michaud, Hedden, and Nahanada, where archaeological sites are associated with Spodosols. An analogous soil order level genetic concept should be applicable to many other taxonomic categories.

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