Ant 380 Between Dirt and Discussion Book Notes

Ant 380 Between Dirt and Discussion Book Notes - Ant 380...

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Ant 380  Final Notes Between Dirt and Discussion Chapter 1 -Data is the result of the archaeologists’ choices and any individual data set could be  ignored or amplified in the creation of an evidentiary “skeleton” -Propose that theory driven archaeology leads to narrowness in interpretation and  confusion rather than elucidation of the lived past. -Should increase our ability to let the potentialities of the site or the collection generate  research design, excavation, analysis and theoretical interpretation accordingly -Phytolith data sources often speak to different questions of the archaeological record  rather than using artifacts or architecture  -Phytolith data drew distinctions between pre- and post-contact vegetation, is a good tool  for examining evidence of diet and food processing and the vast majority will represent  grasses. Abandoning the site lead to a “rebound” of native grasses -Integration of archaeobotanical data, microstratigraphy and artifact analysis creates a  powerful hermeneutic interpretive spiral Between Dirt and Discussion Chapter 10 -The significance of low visibility sites and their potential to significantly enhance site  and landscape interpretations -Earthfast invisibility: building construction was performed in such a way that left only  the faintest traces for archaeologists, lacked brick and stone foundations -Identification of earthfast buildings is inferred from evidence of their occupation -Conclusion: Low visibility data from sites can lead to significant inferences about the  internal organization of a site as well as interpretations of landscapes. -Subsurface evidence can be masked in numerous ways. The two case studies  demonstrate the need to carefully consider even the most transient survey evidence  when assessing site significance. -Significance should be measured in terms of a site’s contribution to existing knowledge,  not by the extensiveness of the remains.  Between Dirt and Discussion Chapter 3 -Though GIS is very competent with regards to spatial aspects (X,Y) and now Z  (elevation), there is one arena which is still developing: time -A total of 421 original North Carolina historical maps were scanned in and aligned with  modern maps using common points such as railroad lines and downtown street grids -Potential problems in working with GIS and historical maps include: using data of  different scales -Two problems in the archaeological field: lack of collaboration in the field with other  disciplines such as historians or architects -Archaeologists use cultural landscape theory in an attempt to apprehend sites and site 
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course ANT 380 taught by Professor Mcbride during the Spring '07 term at Centre College.

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