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Fall 2010 Lecture 11 Excavating Sites

Fall 2010 Lecture 11 Excavating Sites - Archaeological...

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Archaeological Excavation
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Excavation yields the most reliable evidence for the two main kinds of information that archaeologists are interested in: 1) human activities at a particular period in the past; and 2) changes in those activities from period to period.
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Stratification layers or strata are laid down, one on top of the other, according to processes that still continue… law of superposition: put simply, when one layer overlies another, the lower layer was most likely deposited first.
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Archaeological Excavation The director must be a competent archaeologist. S/he must also be: Accountant Politician Doctor Mechanic Personnel manager cook
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Archaeological Excavation Multidisciplinary teams: Archaeologists Botanists Geologists Zoologists Other specialists
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Archaeological Excavation Excavation Staff: Site Supervisors Recording Experts Laboratory Staff Foremen CRM Staff
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Archaeological Excavation Types of Excavations: Total excavation Selective excavation
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