09-21-11 - Archaeology & Anthropology Reconstruct,...

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Reconstruct, describe, and interpret the past through material remains. Artifacts—material items that humans have made or modified—tools, weapons, camp sites, pottery, buildings, fire pits, garbage dumps. Concerned with things people have made or modified. Wild vs. Domestic grains Animal bones: Archaeology Pottery: Estimate population: given the arduousness of ceramics, we can determine population numbers based on the presence and quantity of pottery. Trade Networks Connections Paleoecology The interrelations of people and the past environment: your environment (e.g. resources) influence human settlement. Settlement types, size, and what those mean. Reconstruct behavior patterns For past and contemporary groups. William Rathje Studies landfills Difference between what you say and what you do Paleoanthropologist: fossil record Remains, traces, or impressions of ancient life. Olduvai Gorge: the universal center of ancient remains for hominids and
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This note was uploaded on 03/05/2012 for the course ANTHRO 120 taught by Professor Huddleston during the Fall '11 term at MO St. Louis.

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