Environmental Archaeology: What Is in a Name?

Despite its long history, environmental archaeology today still remains beyond the unambiguous classification. This broad, capacious term is some kind of label or banner, under which different researchers undertake their studies. Definitions of it vary significantly from being a list of encompassing subdisciplines, a set of analytical techniques within archaeological science, a discipline between two realms that of science and the other of humanities concerned with the reconstruction of past environment and the interaction between human populations and that environment. We do not aspire to find or even suggest a new definition, but we would rather ask about the essence of this discipline. Hence, the aim of this short drawing is to outline the area for discussion by briefly reminding the history of environmental studies and presenting its contemporary face.


Spatial decision support system for archaeological application : a case study for Kaunos archaeological site
Baybaş, Gizem; Düzgün, H. Şebnem; Öğün Çizmeli, Zeynep; Department of Geodetic and Geographical Information Technologies (2013)
Geographically located materials are used by the archaeology to analyze and explain the socio-cultural aspects of ancient life. Thus, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) have started to be used in archaeology for many applications. Although, cooperation of GIS and archaeology is considered as beneficial, it has become insufficient to meet the requirements of archaeologists about excavation study. Therefore, the aim of this thesis is to develop Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS) which includes both th...
Biological decay and its control by biomineralisation in calcareous stones
Üstünkaya, Meltem Cemre; Saltık, Emine Nevin; Department of Archaeometry (2008)
Biodeterioration has an important role in weathering of historical materials. Natural stone materials become vulnerable to physical and chemical changes in outdoor conditions, favouring the biological growth. In this study, biodeterioration on calcareous stones and its control by biomineralisation were studied on limestones from Nemrut Mount Monument and marbles from Pessinous Archaeological Site. For qualitative and quantitative detection of biological activity fluorescein diacetate (FDA) method that was d...
A Proposal for the preservation and integrated presentation of archaeological and natural resources in the case of METU Campus area
Bağcı, Latife Sema; Bertram, Jan Krzysztof; İlgezdi Bertram, Gülçin; Department of Settlement Archaeology (2010)
The subject of presentation of archaeological resources is still a developing concept in Turkey. The concepts of educational value and concern, needs a more common recognition and more practice in this context. The same statement goes for the management of natural resources. However, proper public presentation of archaeological and natural resources and public education in those is crucial for the protection of these resources. Moreover, an integrated presentation, approaching the archaeological resources w...
Conservation practices at foreign-run archaeological excavations in Turkey: a critical review
Öz Wood, Bilge Nilgün; Bilgin Altınöz, Ayşe Güliz; Conservation of Cultural Heritage in Department of Architecture (2017)
Foreign-run excavations are a significant component of archaeological research in Turkey, however, conservation work carried out at these excavations has not been examined in a holistic manner. This research investigates archaeological conservation at foreign-run excavations to identify the scale and nature of differing contributions, and to determine changing approaches, issues impacting conservation practices, as well as possible catalysts, influences and driving forces. The thematic scope, ‘conservation ...
CETIN, O; OZER, AM; WIESER, A (Elsevier BV, 1994-01-01)
Samples of fossil tooth enamels taken from different depths of Karain Cave (Antalya, Turkey) were studied by the ESR method. The accumulated doses (D(E)s) of the samples were determined using the paramagnetic center at g = 2.0020 +/- 0.0003 by means of three different microwave power conditions. It is found that the dating signal at g = 2.0020 (Delta Hpp approximate to 0.34 mT) is disturbed significantly by the isotropic signal at g = 2.0007 +/- 0.0003 at high microwave power. The lifetime of this signal is...
Citation Formats
E. Pişkin, “Environmental Archaeology: What Is in a Name?,” 2014, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/29956.