October 14th Notes

October 14th Notes - • Deposition creates but also conceals the archaeological record • Flowing water can erode and rearrange archaeological

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October 14, 2010 Assemblage Formation Processes o The “Pompeii Premise” o Natural Formation Processes Larger ones Human have little control over them o Cultural Formation Processes Human activity is the reason for change. Natural Assemblage Formation Process o Geological/Mechanical Processes o Biological Processes o Conditions Affecting Preservation Geological Processes o Erosion o Deposition o Wind o Flowing Water
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Unformatted text preview: • Deposition creates, but also conceals the archaeological record. • Flowing water can erode, and rearrange archaeological residues • Flowing water sorts objects into groups of similar size and mass, like stone tools and large animal bones • Worst conditions for preservation = coastal environments • Best conditions for preservation = caves •...
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2010 for the course PSYCH 103 taught by Professor Owen during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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October 14th Notes - • Deposition creates but also conceals the archaeological record • Flowing water can erode and rearrange archaeological

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