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    Geoarchaeology at Snusgar, Orkney Mainland, 2007
    A brief visit was carried out for geoarchaeological assessment and continued soil micromorphology sampling of deposits revealed during University of Oxford exca vations at Snusgar and the Bay of Skaill, Mainland, Orkney, Scotland. Several additional samples were taken from Trenches 5 and 7 on the South - e ast mound at Snusgar, and an auger assessment of the upper mound was conducted
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    Cave sites in Northeastern Luzon, Philippines : a preliminary soil micromorphological study
    (University of Hawai'i Press, 2009) ;
    Soil micromorphology was among the approaches used to explore site formation in two cave sites in northern Luzon: Eme and Dalan Serkot Caves. Interplay of biogenic, sedimentary, and anthropogenic processes worked and reworked the archaeological sediments at both sites. Eme Cave was found to be highly bioturbated by faunal activities and shrink-swell processes, and caution is needed in interpreting its archaeological contexts. However, thin section study revealed wood ash and possible burnt soil fragments, along with charcoal, attesting to later prehistoric burning activity at the site at some time. In Dalan Serkot Cave, along with standard cave sediments a volcanic ash deposit was identified, apparently deposited before 6200 b.p., that must have affected local communities, and that could be used as a stratigraphic marker for future research in the area.
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    Palawan Island Palaeohistoric Research Project: Report on the 2008 Dewil Valley Field Season
    (Archaeological Studies Program, University of the Philippines and National Museum of the Phillippines, 2008-09) ; ; ;
    This research initiative coming out of the Archaeological Studies Program is called "The Palawan Island Palaeohistoric Research Project". For the season of 2008 work focused on the Dewil valley, Municipality of El Nido. The various research interests of the Archaeological Studies Program (ASP), The Solheim Foundation, and the National Museum of the Philippines were further advanced by this latest season. Similar to previous years, specialist collaborators from the Philippines, Europe and North America were involved in the project. The research concerns of our collaborators dove-tailed mainly through each specialist’s own research interest with that of the ASP project. This season saw the participation of a number of graduate students coming from France, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Ireland, and Azerbaijan.
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    Editorial introduction to EurASEAA14 Volumes 1 and 2
    (Archaeopress, 2020-07-02) ;
    The Fourteenth International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA14) was held in Dublin from September 18-21, 2012, hosted by University College Dublin School of Archaeology. The conference took place at Dublin Castle Conference Centre and the Chester Beatty Library, in the heart of the capital, bringing together archaeologists, art historians, ethnographers and philologists who share a common interest in the past of Southeast Asia. The aim of EurASEAA is to facilitate communication between different disciplines, to present current work in the field, and to stimulate future research. This international initiative aims to foster international scholarly cooperation in the field of Southeast Asian archaeology, art history and philology.
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    Geoarchaeology: driving heritage policy or sitting in the backseat? Traditions, politics and 'best practice' variation between states
    Ireland has a culture of internationally-recognised expertise in archaeological science, and very high standards of practice in cultural resources management (CRM) archaeology. The Republic of Ireland is, however, one of several EU states with little research in geoarchaeology, and almost no CRM applications of this beyond geophysical survey. This is despite the state seeing the Celtic Tiger building boom in 1998-2007, with so much CRM work that archaeologists were imported from all over the EU, and despite the fact that neighbouring states have been applying geoarchaeological assessment as part of standard best practice in CRM for almost two decades. One of these states has produced freely-available online guidelines on geoarchaeology for CRM (e.g. English Heritage 2007), but there are still no guidelines for the application of geoarchaeological approaches beyond geophysical survey for Irish archaeology.. This study investigates the issue of variation in so-called ‘best practice’ in CRM archaeology, in particular trying to understand how geoarchaeology - except geophysical survey - was essentially omitted from Irish CRM practice. Through interviews with stakeholders in four US states, and comparing these with four EU ‘states’, I hope to better understand the traditions of practice and the politics of definition of my own field of expertise, and to develop a set of internationally-agreed expert fundamental guidelines to reduce local prejudices in scientific standards of practice.
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    Palawan Island Palaeohistoric Research Project: Report on the 2011 El Nido Field Season
    (Archaeological Studies Program, University of the Philippines and National Museum of the Phillippines, 2011-09) ; ; ;
    The Palawan Island Palaeohistoric Research Project (PIPRP) is in its ninth year. The project was initiated in 2003 primarily led by researchers from the Archaeological Studies Program of the University of the Philippines and the National Museum of the Philippines. In its first two years the project concentrated work at the south and central parts of the main island; namely within the Rio Tuba-Bataraza and the Quezon area. The work focused on site assessments and palaeoenvironmental sampling, which further improved our general understanding of past environments in the region. Since 2004, focus shifted towards the northern end of the island, particularly within the municipality of El Nido. Much of the work shifted towards larger-scale excavations anchored primarily in the Dewil Valley. Apart from excavations at the two main Dewil sites, Ille and Pasimbahan-Magsanib, more surveys were conducted in the valley’s open landscape and in other parts of the municipality, such as in Sibaltan and the El Nido town proper. The field season for this year started in late March and ending in early May. The protracted progress of the project for 2011 is reflected in this report, supplemented by specialist reports on data accumulated through several field seasons. It is worth underscoring that post-excavation work continues as of this writing.
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    A decorated megalith from Knowlton Henges, Dorset, England
    (The Prehistoric Society. University College London. Institute of Archaeology., 2000-07) ; ;
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    The archaeology and palaeobiological record of Pasimbahan-Magsanib site, northern Palawan, Philippines
    (Philippine Science Letters, 2014-02-09) ; ; ;
    Recent excavations in northern Palawan, Philippines provide zooarchaeological and macrobotanical evidence documenting human occupation and changes in faunal composition and subsistence strategies. Here we present the archaeobiological record of Pasimbahan-Magsanib site dating from c. 10,500 yr. BP to the subrecent. The terrestrial vertebrate record provides for a more robust Palawan biostratigraphy and chronicles Late Quaternary changes in mammalian composition and human responses to the changing abundance of large mammal communities. Well-stratified shell layers and middens contain a wide variety of taxa derived from freshwater, estuarine and marine environments that also provide insights on varying subsistence strategies and the local ecology. Macrobotanical evidence provides further evidence for both foraging and possible plant management strategies in the Holocene.
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    Palawan Island Palaeohistoric Research Project: Report on the 2013 Season
    (Archaeological Studies Program, University of the Philippines and National Museum of the Phillippines, 2013-09) ; ; ;
    The Palawan Island Palaeohistoric Research Project (PIPRP) started operating in the municipality of El Nido in 2004. The project, however, was already active in southern Palawan since 2002. In its first two years the project concentrated work in the Rio Tuba-Bataraza area, and around the Quezon district. The work done in the first years focused on archaeological assessments in search for sites that may contribute to our knowledge of the deep history of the main island of Palawan. The early years also concentrated on palaeoenvironmental sampling in-line with our general objective of gathering proxy evidence towards a better understanding of people-landscape relationships through time.