Studies in Residue and Ancient DNA Analysis in Honour of Thomas H. Loy
Edited by: Michael Haslam, Gail Robertson, Alison Crowther, Sue Nugent, Luke Kirkwood
Publisher: The Australian National University
Publication date: Jul 2009
ISBN (print): 9781921536847
ISBN (online): 9781921536854
These varied studies from throughout the world show how modern analyses of microscopic traces on artifacts are changing our understanding of the past. The contributions range from early humans to modern kings, from ancient Australian spears or Mayan pots to recent Maori cloaks, and demonstrate how starches, raphides, hair, blood, feathers, resin, and DNA have become essential elements in archaeology’s modern arsenal for reconstructing the daily, spiritual, and challenging aspects of ancient lives and understanding human evolution.
The book is a fitting tribute to Tom Loy, the residue studies pioneer and great teacher who inspired and mentored these exciting projects.