Lowe, D.J. & Hunt, J.B. (2001). A summary of terminology used in tephra-related studies. In Juvigne, E.T. & Raynal, J-P. (Eds), Tephras: Chronology, Archaeology. Les Dossiers de l’Archeo-Logis, 1, 17-22.
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The word ‘tephra’, derived from a Greek word for ash, is a collective term for all the unconsolidated, primary pyroclastic products of a volcanic eruption. We summarise here the meanings and applicability of this and related terms, including tephrostratigraphy, tephrochronology, tephrochronometry, tephrology, and cryptotephra. These and other tephra-based terms, some of which are erroneous or unnecessary, have been used in a wide range of stratigraphic and paleoenvironmental disciplines and in archaeology.
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