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Summary, Week 3 - Matt Staten Dr. Loren Davis Environmental...

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Matt Staten Dr. Loren Davis Environmental Archaeology 21 January 2008 Article Summary: “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Environmental Reconstruction” Chapter 5 in “Case Studies in Environmental Archaeology” is written to illustrate how a research question is best answered by using the multidisciplinary approach. In this instance, the authors King and King examine the Pomme de Terre River valley and, using archaeobotany, paleoecology, and other research methods, reconstruct what the region may have looked like throughout the Holocene. Environmental reconstruction is a vital component of understanding the lifeways of past peoples. If we cannot understand what their environment was like, we cannot understand the way in which they viewed the world. Methods such as pollen analysis give us the opportunity to determine what kind of plants existed at the time in question. More than just that, pollen analysis can serve as a proxy for other information. For example, the presence of ragweed pollen (which
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ANTH 435 taught by Professor Davis during the Spring '08 term at Oregon State.

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