Series: Developments in Quaternary Science

Developments in Quaternary Science is designed to bring together important texts within the continually expanding field of quaternary science, providing an outlet for topics that require substantial space, are linked to major scientific events or are archival in character. The subjects covered by the series include a range of processes and palaeo-responses within the fields of geology, biology, geography, climatology archaeology and geochronology. Particular consideration is given to issues such as the quaternary development of specific regions, comprehensive treatments of specific topics such as global scale consideration of patterns of glaciation, and compendia on timely topics such as dating methodologies, environmental hazards and rapid climate changes. For more information about the series or how to submit a book proposal, please contact the Series Editor, Jaap van der Meer at or the Acquisitions Editor, Susan Dennis at .

Most recent volume

Volume 99. Scientific Dating Methods in Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology

Published: 13th July 1920 Editors: Rainer Grün Richard Roberts

The aim of this book is put together a detailed description of the scientific methods used for dating archeological and palaoanthropological objects and sites, complemented by examples of their application to longstanding and topical questions.

The authors present a very even quality of coverage of the different methods focused on archaeological and palaeonanthropological methods, well illustrated intended to help the audience

As soon a new and exciting archaeological or palaeoanthropological discovery is announced, one of the first questions asked by scientists and the general public is: When did it occur? When did the Neanderthals died out? How old is the Hobbit? When did humans first use fire, and when did our ancestors being to use stone tools. How far back in time can we trace our human roots, and when did people turn their hand to rock painting and other artistic pursuits? To answer these and other questions about the prehistory of humanity, scientists use various methods of dating to pinpoint the timing of critical archaeological events and objects. Despite several dating ‘revolutions’ in the archaeological sciences, the fundamentals of dating techniques remain shrouded in mystery for may archaeologists and palaeoantrhopologists. This book lifts the veil on the science of timekeeping in archaeology and palaeanthropology, using topical examples from a variety of archaeological settings to illustrate the range of possible application of modern dating techniques. By offering a clear account of how different dating methods work and what they can (and cannot) do to help illuminate our shared human past, archaeologists and palaoanthropologists will be armed wit the information needed to scientifically address the question: How old is it?

Additional volumes

Volume 45. Micromorphology of Glacial Sediments

Published: 1st April 2019 Editors: J.J.M. van der Meer

Volume 26. Frost Mounds

Published: 1st July 2018 Editors: Matti Seppala

Volume 19. Landscape Architecture of Multiple Glacial Surge Cycles, Brúarjökull, Iceland

Published: 1st November 2017 Editors: Kurt Kjaer

Volume 18. The Quaternary Ice Age in the Alps

Editors: Christian Schlüchter

Volume 17. Ostracoda as Proxies for Quaternary Climate Change

Volume 17. Ostracoda as Proxies for Quaternary Climate Change

Published: 20th December 2012

Volume 16. Origins of Human Innovation and Creativity

Published: 25th July 2012 Editors: Scott Elias

Volume 15. Quaternary Glaciations - Extent and Chronology

Published: 20th July 2011 Editors: P.L. Gibbard J. Ehlers P.D. Hughes

Volume 14. The Ancient Human Occupation of Britain

Published: 12th November 2010 Editors: Nick Ashton Simon Lewis Chris Stringer

Volume 13. The Myrdalsjokull Ice Cap, Iceland

Published: 19th October 2009

Volume 12. Advances in Quaternary Entomology

Published: 16th September 2009 Editors: Scott Elias

Volume 11. The Late Cenozoic of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego

Published: 17th June 2008 Editors: J. Rabassa

Volume 10. Tropical and sub-tropical West Africa - Marine and continental changes during the Late Quaternary

Published: 15th November 2007 Editors: P. Giresse

Volume 9. Late Quaternary Climate Change and Human Adaptation in Arid China

Published: 10th May 2007 Editors: D.B. Madsen X. Gao F. Chen

Volume 8. Juneau Icefield Research Project (1949-1958)

Published: 14th March 2007 Editors: Cal Heusser

Volume 7. The Climate of Past Interglacials

Published: 8th December 2006 Editors: M. Claussen T. Litt M.F. Sanchez-Goni F. Sirocko

The Climate of Past Interglacials

Published: 30th November 2006 Editors: T. Litt F. Sirocko M.F. Sanchez-Goni M. Claussen

Volume 7. The Climate of Past Interglacials

Editors: M.F. Sanchez-Goni F. Sirocko T. Litt M. Claussen

Volume 6. Glaciotectonism

Published: 15th December 2006 Editors: James Aber Andrzej Ber

Volume 5. Iceland - Modern Processes and Past Environments

Published: 28th April 2005 Editors: J. Hardardóttir A. Russell C. Caseldine O. Knudsen

Volume 4. Spitsbergen Push Moraines

Published: 20th April 2004 Editors: J.J.M. van der Meer

Volume 3. Ice Age Southern Andes

Published: 12th November 2003 Editors: C.J. Heusser

Volume 2. Quaternary Glaciations - Extent and Chronology

Published: 15th July 2004 Editors: J. Ehlers P.L. Gibbard

Volume 2. Quaternary Glaciations - Extent and Chronology

Published: 15th July 2004 Editors: J. Ehlers P.L. Gibbard

Volume 2. Quaternary Glaciations - Extent and Chronology

Published: 8th June 2004 Editors: J. Ehlers P.L. Gibbard

Volume 1. The Quaternary Period in the United States

Published: 17th December 2003 Editors: S.C. Porter B.F. Atwater A.R. Gillespie

Volume 0. Quaternary Glaciation of the Tibet and Adjacent Mountains

Published: 1st March 2020 Editors: Lewis Owen