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Unformatted text preview: Key Terms Prehistoric archaeology- the study of nonliterate ancient societies: Taphonomy- the study of how bones decompose after being discarded or after an animal dies: Remote sensing- reconnaissance and site survey methods using such devices as aerial photography and satellite imagery to detect subsurface features and archaeological sites: Stratigraphy- observation of the superimposed layers in an archeological site: Horizontal (area) excavation- excavation of large horizontal area, designed to uncover large areas of a site, especially houses and settlement beliefs: Vertical excavation- excavation undertaken to establish a chronological sequence, normally covering a limited area: Radiocarbon (C14) dating- a radiometric dating method based on the decay rates of radiocarbon isotopes. It is highly effective for dating developments over the past 40,000 years: Hominidae- a family of primates that includes modern humans, Asian great apes, and earlier human subspecies: Hominin/Homininae- Primates of the family Homininae, which includes modern humans, earlier human subspecies, and...
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