Mollusc shells from archaeological building materials

Law, M ORCID: 0000-0002-6127-5353 (2014) 'Mollusc shells from archaeological building materials.' In: Szabo, K, Dupont, C, Dimitrijevic, V, Gomez Gastelum, L and Serrand, N, eds. Archaeomalacology: shells in the archaeological record. Archaeopress, Oxford, pp. 253-256. ISBN 9781407313085


Mollusc shells can enter the fabric of a building through numerous means. They can be ornamental, structural inserts, deliberately broken up as temper for brick and cement, or incidental inclusions in the sedimentary component of mortar, brick or daub. The potential of shell deliberately or accidentally incorporated into building materials to indicate the source of raw materials used in construction is considered. Modern and archaeological examples are given, along with a review of work to date and some recommendations for future research.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section

This chapter is part of a volume which is the proceedings of the ICAZ Archaeomalacology Working Group which took place at the 11th International Conference of the International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ), held in Paris, France 23rd-28th August 2010.

Keywords: Shells, Buildings, Walls, Mortar
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: School of Sciences
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2015 15:29
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