Thesis Type:PhD Thesis
In archaeology, sediments can be used as artefacts. The aims of this thesis are to critique the role of geoarchaeology as a key methodological tool within archaeology, and to demonstrate its capacity to contribute to a deeper understanding of past social and socio-environmental behaviours. These aims are predicated on the principle that analysis of past human behaviour can be enhanced through examination of the sedimentary record as an archaeological artefact, in which the physical, geological, biological and chemical qualities of an archaeological site reflect and therefore provide implications for human behaviour, environmental change, and human-environment relationships. The approach of this research, therefore, is to focus on the sedimentary record of archaeological sites to illustrate how social and human behaviour regarding interactions with the environment and the construction and development histories of the sites represent a mutual exchange between environment and society of prehistoric people.