April 2013; Journal of Archaeological Science 40(4) :2069-2070; DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2012.12.038. Authors: Richard G Klein.
By concentrating on the principles and applications of DNA specific to archaeology, the authors allow archaeologists to collect DNA ... DNA for Archaeologists therefore fulfils a definite need and will be valuable not just for archaeologists but also as a textbook for university students. The nine chapters of the book take the reader seamlessly from an explanation of why DNA is important, through the methods used to study DNA, and finally to the applications of ancient and modern DNA in different areas of archaeological ... The aim of this book is to provide archaeologists with the background knowledge on DNA analysis so that they may (1) incorporate the technique into their research, (2) communicate effectively with potential collaborators in molecular anthropology, and (3) sufficiently interpret results and address potential pitfalls.