Depositional History of Franchthi Cave

Depositional History of Franchthi Cave

Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, and Chronology, Fascicle 12
William R. Farrand, with Thomas W. Jacobsen
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 03/22/2000
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-21314-3
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This fascicle describes the background of the Franchthi project and its excavation history and methodology. Particle size, mineralogy, and chemistry are all taken into consideration as the cultural remains and the sediments from the cave are analyzed to determine their origin and history. William Farrand constructs an integrated stratigraphy for the entire cave using excavators’ notes, laboratory analyses, and personal field data to correlate sequences in separate trenches. On the basis of some 60 radiocarbon dates, the evolution and chronology of the sedimentary fill is postulated.

Author Bio

William R. Farrand, participating scientist on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, has studied deposits in prehistoric caves and rockshelters in France, Spain, Algeria, and most of the countries in the Near East, He is an established practitioner and spokesman for the field of geoarchaeology.


“This fascicle describes the background of the Franchthi project and the excavation history and methodology.”

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Chapter One: Background of the Franchthi Project (Thomas W. Jacobsen)

Chapter Two: Excavation History and Methodology

Chapter Three: Geographical and Geological Setting

Chapter Four: Lithostratigraphy

Chapter Five: Sedimentology

Chapter Six: Chronology of the Cave Fill

Chapter Seven: Evolution of the Cave Filling

Appendix A: Sediment Samples and Field Descriptions

Appendix B: Analytical Data for Sediment Samples

Appendix C: Granulometric Histograms (non-decalcified)