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Unformatted text preview: Many types of data encountered Tools highly visible, but do not show full picture Subsistence as one of Humans basic needs Multiple data sets available Environmental data Faunal remains Botanical remains Direct human behavioral evidence Special care required in recovery of data Subsistence focused projects build in special methods in their research design Preservation often very poor for material Taphonomy: the processes operating on organic materials to create fossil deposits Methodical examination of animal remains Researchers must be sure of cultural context How do remains end up in an archaeological context? Life Assemblages Deposited Assemblages Sample Assemblages Taphonomic processes Both cultural and non-cultural Sorting and identification Species Age Examination for tool marks and cultural processes Comparison of assemblages and changes over time Paleoethnobotany Plant foods central to human survival Botanical remains found in many contexts Macro-remains Careful recovery methods Wet screening Flotation machines...
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