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ORSER-NYC(1) - Historical Archaeology There are several...

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Historical Archaeology There are several debates on the definition of “Historical Archaeology”
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These are divided into two camps One camp makes a distinction of “historical archaeology” being associated with the development of writing – this would push us to the earliest periods of state formation. How would you view this perception of “historical” and how would you associate this period with the development of inequality among peoples?
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The other camp is more recent The more popular conception is that “historical archaeology” is closely associated with the age of exploration. How would you view this perception of “historical” and how would you associate this period with the development of inequality among peoples?
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Distinctions in developments of social inequality, the development of slavery, and archaeological perspectives. In the earliest periods the development of the domestication of plants and animals leads to surplus. Nutritional surplus aids in developing social stratification – Why is this important? How can this pattern of cause and effect – influence pressures and developments among a population.
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Surplus leads to inequalities – some generalized points: It is not enough to discuss haves and have nots. Increased food resources provide increased free time, the development of crafts is evident presenting changes in the material culture contained in the archaeological record. What sort of changes would we anticipate in the archaeological record? What is different when one has the ability to consult a “written” record?
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Professor Charles E. Orser, Jr. Illinois State University Considers the relationship between Public History and Archaeology. History and Anthropology Written data versus Verbal data -
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What is Public History? It is history as viewed by the public which is outside the realm of academia. One which includes those occupations such as journalist, museum curators, preservation specialists, and many others. Prof. Michael Gordon, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – Department of History
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2011 for the course ANTH 0848 taught by Professor Donaghy during the Spring '11 term at Temple.

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ORSER-NYC(1) - Historical Archaeology There are several...

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