Land and freshwater molluscs

Law, M and Davies, P (2018) 'Land and freshwater molluscs.' In: López Varela, S.L, ed. The encyclopedia of archaeological sciences. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 9780470674611

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119188230.saseas0339

Abstract

The shells of land and freshwater molluscs are often preserved in archaeological deposits where pH is high. Many species have well‐known ecological tolerances, allowing assemblages of shells to be used as proxies for past environments, especially in deposits where pollen is not preserved. The dispersal of species may also function as a proxy for human migration and/or trade. Some species are also edible, or used in traditional medicine. Shells can be suitable for isotopic analysis, or for scientific dating.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
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