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10.25.09 - Wednesday, November 25, 2009 1) Environmental...

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009 1) Environmental Archaeology a) Human environment – every factor of humankind’s surroundings which may affect (directly or indirectly) their mode of life and/or to which they might adapt i) Climate ii) Geology iii) Flora (vegetation) iv) Fauna (animals/insects) v) Other people/cultures b) Spatial and temporal distribution of the above factors c) Paleoenvironment – an environment of the past d) Ecology – the science of the interrelations between a particular set of living organisms and their environment e) If the living organisms are people, it’s called human ecology 2) Two Kinds of Paleoenvironmental Studies a) Passive – simple description of the environment, perhaps including how it changed over time b) Active – how peopled interacted with their environment c) Archaeologists can do both 3) What types of data are collected? a) Indirect Date i) Functional artifacts – projectile point connote hunting of animals (people too); grinding stones suggest plant processing
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This note was uploaded on 05/24/2010 for the course ANT 3 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at UC Davis.

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10.25.09 - Wednesday, November 25, 2009 1) Environmental...

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