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The use of physical, chemical, or mathematical procedures in the study of archaeological artifacts, materials, or data. Archaeometry includes techniques such as radiometric dating, remote sensing, spectroscopy, and mathematical modeling. Also called archaeological science.

ar′chae·o·met′ri·cal (-ə-mĕt′rĭ-kəl), ar′chae·o·met′ric adj.
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(ˌɑːkɪˈɒmətrɪ) or


the use of science and modern technology in archaeology to examine and interpret archaeological remains
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1974 On the Number and Sizes of Animals in Archaeological Faunal Assemblages, Archaeometry 16, 238-43.
Technical studies (archaeobiology and archaeometry) are dominated by studies from [Ain.sup.[subset]] Ghazal.
(2009) : "The Origin and Geochemical Characterization of Red Ochres from the Tito Bustillo and Monte Castillo Caves (Northern Spain)", Archaeometry, 51 (2), pp.
Southon 1995 Radiocarbon Dates for Beeswax Figures in the Prehistoric Rock Art of Northern Australia, Archaeometry 37, 151-56.
In this issue, Chungara presents seven articles that result from the 3rd Latin American Congress of Archaeometry. In the last few decades, the advances related to the development of the techniques of chemical and physical analyses, the greater availability of equipment, as well as the decrease of the costs, have contributed enormously to extending the range of possibilities regarding the study and characterization of archaeological materials, both inorganic and organic.
Obsidian results from the Lapita sites of the Reef/Santa Cruz Islands, in Archaeometry: Further Australasian Studies, Ambrose, W.
In four elaborately planned field seasons--two along the mainland coast and two among the Belcher Islands--he discovered large numbers of Pre-Dorset and Dorset sites spanning 3000 years, together with detailed information on settlement patterns (Harp, 1997), house types, and archaeometry. Once again, Dorset culture was seen to be conservative in its stylistic development, but here (in contrast to Labrador and the Central Barren Grounds) little evidence of Indian cultures was found, and--not surprisingly--none in the Belchers.