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dc.contributor.advisorWalter, Richard
dc.contributor.authorTrilford, Danielle
dc.date.available2015-06-28T22:24:10Z
dc.date.copyright2015
dc.identifier.citationTrilford, D. (2015). Shell Microband Analysis as a Tool in New Zealand Archaeology (Thesis, Master of Arts). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5745en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/5745
dc.description.abstractRecent improvements in animal biology and microscopy now allow for finer-grained analyses of microstructures in archaeofaunal specimens than previously possible. Novel new applications of microscopy methods applied to in the intertidal New Zealand cockle (Austrovenus stutchburyi) species demonstrate a strong link between microbands and tidal and lunar cycles. The application of the technique has significant implications for high-precision seasonal and absolute dating in New Zealand archaeology. Applying the technique to a short-lived archaeological midden deposit from Wairau Bar demonstrates the time-of-death in archaeological samples can be calculated with much higher-precision than tools which are currently available in the temporal-dating suite. The method holds significant potential for sclerochronological, Bayseian applications in radiocarbon dating, and palaeoclimate analyses.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectArchaeology
dc.subjectNew Zealand
dc.subjectSclerochronology
dc.subjectAustrovenus stutchburyi
dc.subjectBiological rhythms
dc.subjectSeasonality
dc.subjectPalaeoseasonality
dc.subjectDating
dc.subjectWairau Bar
dc.subjectSettler population
dc.subjectShellfishing
dc.subjectMicroband analysis
dc.subjectSEM
dc.subjectScanning Electron Microscopy
dc.subjectEDS
dc.subjectCockle
dc.subjectEstuary
dc.subjectResource use
dc.subjecttidal cycles
dc.subjectlunar cycles
dc.subjectDating alternative
dc.subjecthuman settlement
dc.subjectmaori resource use
dc.subjectshellfish
dc.subjectmidden deposit
dc.subjectseasonal resource
dc.subjectmalacology
dc.subjectelectron dispersive spectroscopy
dc.subjectbackscatter electron micoscopy
dc.subjectseasonal growth
dc.subjectsummer growth
dc.subjectearly new zealand hunting
dc.titleShell Microband Analysis as a Tool in New Zealand Archaeology
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2015-06-27T03:05:43Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropology and Archaeology
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
otago.openaccessOpen
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