Seth Rasmussen, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has co-edited a new book, titled “Archaeological Chemistry: A Multidisciplinary Analysis of the Past.”
The 519-page book, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, presents new research and applications in the field of archaeological chemistry. It concentrates on chemical techniques to study the material remains of the cultures of historical or prehistorical peoples.
Comprising a total of 18 chapters written by a range of international experts, the book applies current scientific advances in an attempt to better understand the past, and is thus expected to interest the chemical, archaeological and historical communities.
"For those new to the topic, this book will shed light on how science can be used to not only advance our future, but also better understand our past," Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen earned his bachelor’s degree at Washington State University and his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Clemson University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oregon. In addition, to his traditional research in materials chemistry, he is a recognized chemist-historian, with this newest book combining both history and materials analysis.
Including this book, he has written or edited eight books, published more than 120 research papers and book chapters, and served as series editor for another 22 books. His most recent previous book was “Acetylene and Its Polymers: 150+ Years of History,” published in 2018.
Rasmussen co-edited the book with Mary Virginia Orna, professor of chemistry at the College of New Rochelle.
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