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1 Anthro 2 Reading: Rathje + Murphy 2001 9/3/10 II. WHY STUDY ARCHAEOLOGY? 2. Study of Recent History William Rathje – “Garbage Project” i) Analyze garbage collections from households ii) Excavate Landfills– 9 US cities Processed > 250,000 lbs of garbage: Garbology Findings: People Under Report or Over Report i) Alcohol Consumption ii) Foods (Lean Cuisine Syndrome) Implications: Tendency to Distort Reality Cautionary tale when read historical documents Archaeology – identify/correct biases in hist. record Rathje-cautionary tale when read historical documents
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Unformatted text preview: ; Archaeology – identify/correct selective representations and biases in historical record Case Example – Recycling Bin 3. Study of Cultural Change Great Strength/Archaeology: Diachronic Perspective Micro-Scale; Macro-Scale (Longue Durée) Historical Anthropology: Combines Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology Historical Records, Ethnographies Native Oral Traditions, Native Oral Histories Relationship of Archaeology to Cultural Anthro. Cultural Anthropology -largely Synchronic Latest Sequences in Long-Term Human History...
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