Archaeological Context

Archaeological Context - Archaeological Context Everything...

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Archaeological Context Everything has a contex o Matrix, provenance, association o Assessing how the find got there and what happened since it was originally put there and its original owners abandoned it o Where is it what is it how’d it get there o EVERYTHING has a context o Ultimate Goal Matrix= physical surroundings Provenance= physical surroundings plus time Context= physical surroundings plus time plus association (more than just a find spot) Primary Context- original context of the find, undisturbed by any factor, human or natural, since it was deposited by the people involved with it Secondary Context-refers to the context of a find whose primary context has been disturbed by later activity Putting a skeleton on the roof and then moving it into a grave Flood moving the object to a different spot EX: King Tut’s tomb o Five rings found in entryway where robbers had taken them and where caught Rings in secondary context Everything else that was untouched in primary
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course ANTH 118 taught by Professor Blomster during the Fall '10 term at GWU.

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