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Lecture 13

But even when you get good access its not in a good

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-but even when you get good access, its not in a good environment and tough to work with. -first of all, you have sites as people occupied the landscape, people stayed there for a very long time. -site of Lagash-buildings are made out of mud which is a great kind of construction material. Mud bricks are a good insulator from heat and cold but when it starts to decompose, you have mud made out of mud that collapses back into mud. It is difficult to excavate! -living conditions are also a challenge -also where to start because these areas are so huge!! There are teams who works on them for 20- 30 years!!!
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-Tells are really easy to spot in a landscape and there are still a lot of them sitting around. -do a systematic surface artifact like gridding off a square in all the picture and write what kinds of things you find in that area. Excavation is really a last resort. -In Mesopotamia, there are lot of problems of digging because the locals there were desperate and sold artifacts. Then there’s looting that comes with political unrest and elite people in Tokyo and Switzerland buy them just to have. A great tragedy in Mesopotamia =( -compare how people deal with contemporary environment and how people would have dealt with it in the past. by visiting people who still live there they can see how people lived in the
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