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ANTH 102 Exam 1 Study Guide

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ANTH 102 Exam 1 Study Guide ANTH 102

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This is a study guide based on my notes from lecture as well as key terms.
Introduction to Archaeology
Dr. Vincent M. LaMotta
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Anthropology, archeology
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Date Created: 09/26/16
ANTH Study Guide 1 Lecture 1: Archeology (Intro Lecture) Archaeology puts us in touch with the past  Ankn-Amun (King Tut) o Ferrah of Eygpt ruled for about 10 years and died at the age of 18 o 300,245 years later Howard Carter escavated Valley of the Kings in 1920s o Found his tomb with thousands of undisturbed objects o Because he didn’t do much as king, most of what we know is through archeology  It can provide a voice for people who are not represented in history  If an object has no context, it has no value Archaeology connects us with the present  William Kathje’s Garbage Project o Project discovered that “what people say they do and what they actually do are two separate realities” Archaeology can chart a guide for the future  We can look at where you’ve been and apply what we learned to redirect course Background to the Study of Archeology Anthropology  Study of human behavior and evolution  Subfields include biological, cultural, linguistic, and archaeology Archeological Sites  Where people lived and left remains  Four Components of Sites: o Artifacts: An object/item created or modified by human action (tool) o Ecofact: An unmodified natural item (brought to the site) o Feature: An immovable structure, layer, pit, etc. (if you take out of the field then it loses its integrity. o Sediment: “Dirt” or deposits in which a site and its materials are buried; can be original, carried by the wind, or brought by people o Strata: Sediment layers (singular: “startal”) o Stratigraphy: study of site’s layers Formation of Archeological Sites  Almost always disturbed  Pompeii was a rare exception o Volcano erupted and covered it in 60 feet of ash o Ash covered people’s bodies-preserved pictures of lives at that moment  Gradual, planned abandonment o People take possessions and leave little behind (usually leave big bulky items) Fieldwork: Survey and Excavation  Survey: discovery (walking around)  Vertical Excavation: digging deep cross section through type of time periods; goal is to understand chronology and culture change  Horizontal Excavation: Broad aerial exposure of layer from a single time period Recovery and Analysis  Screening: taking buckets of dirt and dumps dirt through screen and picks through the leftovers for artifacts Context  Refers to potential associations between objects in a site Archeological Inferences  Using physical evidence to reconstruct human behavior and other aspects of past societies that we can no longer observe  Inferences are like hypothesis because we cannot actually observe the past Ethnoarchaeology  Person goes to society where people have same technologies as studying  Observe how people make, use, and dispose artifacts Cultural Adaption  People began to use tools; tools became a buffer between humans and environment  Faster than biological evolution  Unique human adaption based on experience, learning, and uses tools Geological Time Scale (Holocene, Pleistocene, Plio- pleistocene, Pliocene) African Origins: Human Ancestors and the Earliest Archeological Sites Humans are Primates  Hominins: Refers to humans, chimpanzees, and ancestors (leading up to modern human ancestors) Distinctive Human Traits  Bipedal/locomotion: walking on two legs upright  Manufactor/use of tools  Carnivory- we evolved to eating meat because our teeth were made for herbivores  Large brains/intelligence- more complex behavior Fossil Hominins of East and South Africa  Fossil: A bone that has been transformed into something stable (rock- like)  Australopithecus and Paranthropus earliest ancestors o Small brain size, no tool evidence, bones prove they spent life on trees Bipedalism in Hominins  As early as 4 to 6.5 mya  Lucy Skeleton (Australopithecus, 3.2 mya) o 40% of complete skeleton o Creature was biped- earliest evidence, little brain activity  Laetoli Footprints (first arch. site found by Mary Leaky, Tanzania, 3.6 mya) o Found by Mary Leaky o Volcanic eruption left soft ash on the ground where creatures walked over it and left prints o Bipedal locomotion  Homo habilis (2.5 to 1.6 mya male) o Found by Leaky family (Mary and Louis) o Bigger brain, dexterity, found early tools  Olduvai Gorge (East Africa) o Leaky family found it o Two tectonic plates meet and create a grove/canal that lets you see layers Earliest Stone Tools  Gona, Ethiopia (2.6 mya) found sustained stone tool use  Oldowan Industry/Basal Paleolithic o Found in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania (1.8 mya) o Found materials from 6 miles away o Suggest degree of planning not seen in chimps o Remans of few large mammals found (elephant of buffalo) o Stone tools used to butcher animals  Quarry Locality o Thousands of stone debris with no/few animals o Inferred that this is where they found/made tools then left to where they actually used them  Multiple Purpose Localities (campsites) o Broken bones of many different animals, stone tools, debris o Clear association with tools and animals means more meat in diets o Cut marks on bones of large herbivores and different marks distinguish tool marks vs. tool marks o Cuts from tools over tooth marks (indication scavenging) Human Cultural Adaptions  By using tools, they have equivalent of other scavengers and have evaded area of food chain where they didn’t originally belong  They are now competing with other predators because of technology Homo Erectus: Out of Africa  Homo erectus (1.9 mya, Africa)  Rapidly spreads to Asia and eventually Europe  First discovery in Java (Eugene Dubois in 1891) o Hard time convincing they were part of our lineage o Only found skull cap  Features: o Biped o Lived on ground o From neck down they looked like modern humans o Larger brain size but still small o Large jaw and mouth- Still using jaws and teeth roughly (eat hard/tough food and for tools) o Prominent brow ridge  Responsible for tool technology, meat eater, and systematic predatory hunter; they also use fire Early Homo Erectus in Africa  Nariokotome Homo Erectus Skeleton (Kenya, Lake Turkana, 1.6 mya) o Found by the Leakys o Rare nearly complete skeleton of 12 year old boy o Body proportions were like modern humans Acheulean Stone Tool Industry (1.9 mya in Africa)  Bifaces: flakes on both sides to create a sharp edge along perimeter  Relatively little change in this period  Tools: cleaver, handaxe, flake tools that can be used for butchering or digging Pleistocene Climate Change and Hominin Adaptions  Pleistocene Epoch (lasts 2 my – 10 ky) o “Ice Age” period of cooling and formation of ice sheets o Climate changes had major impact on habitats and sea levels Later Homo Erectus Sites in Asia, Europe and Africa  Zhoukoudian (“Dragon Bone Hill” cave complex, China, 700-200 kya) o Fossils were packed up beginning of WWII and lost o Casts are still available o Homo erectus was inferred to be doing activities in cave Control of Fire and Cultural Adaption  Uses of Fire: o Light o Heat o Protection of Predators o Cooking (expanded diet, changes anatomy/biology) o Heat treatment of stone  Ologesailie (Kenya, 900-700 kya) o Found handaxes at site o Evidence of hunting baboons  Atapuerca- Gran Douna (Spain, circa 900 kya) o Hills/caves in locality o Found earliest homo erectus in Europe o Damage found on bones (cutmarks) suggests cannibalism Expansion to Northern Europe  Europe had mainly tundra environment so homo erectus developed adaptations (tools/diet) Cultural Adaptations needed to penetrate Northern Latitudes  Controlled use of fired  Clothing/shelter  Large mammal hunting because of reduced availability of plant foods and seasonal food shortage Cultural Adaptations to European Enviornments  Schoningen (Germany, 350 kya) o Wooden spears found (8) which is rare. Important because you can kill at a distance which is safer and could be used for larger animals o Fire pits o Animal remains Evolution of Later Homo Erectus (Erectus 2.0) Big Brains and Hunting  Ache Hunters of Paraguay o Hunted: 78 mammal species, 21 reptile species, 14 fish, 150 birds o Did not reach maximum proficiency until 35 years old o They know how to trap, capture by hand or with traps- Hunting skills are complex o People who already have skills (not learned/perfected) will survive and reproduce  Hunting required raw materials to build (capacity for learning) Early Evidence for Symbolic Behavior  Atapuerca- Sima de los huesos (Spain, 500-350 kya) o Deep pit/shaft about 175 feet below ground which has thousands of hominin bones o One theory is that it was a burial pit o Only artifact is a red stone handaxe Late Pleistocene Hunters of Eurasia and Africa & the Modern Human Diaspora (Part 1—Neanderthals) Neanderthals in Europe  Complex behavior  Long term adaptions to cold/rugged lifestyle Traits:  Robust, heavily muscled  Short and Stocky (5ft)  Heavy for height  Barrel shaped chest, short limbs  Thicker bones, larger joints, larger muscle attachements  Large brow ridge  Large occipital bun (neck muscles) Neanderthals had large brains  Larger than modern humans and bigger noses (to warm cold air) Teeth as Tools  Evidence of gum disease and wear suggests using front teeth to grip meat while cutting/working on material  Injuries on bodies (broken bones) similar to hockey goalies/rodeo riders Neanderthals: History of Discovery  Neander Valley (Germany, 1856) o First fossils found o Concluded it was early human but caused debate (not early human just had a disease  La Chappelle- aux- Saints (France) o Neanderthal Skeleton The Upper Paleolithic (50 kya to 10 kya) Cultures of western Europe  Aurignacian (32-22 kya)  Perigordian (33-22 kya)  Short periods of time but had big changes in characteristics Characteristics:  Extensive Use of bone, wood, shell, antler, and ivory for tools o Begin to see new types of tools o Bone is flexible but durable; good for projectile weapons  Refinement of stone-tool technology o Hallmark of upper Paleolithic flaked stone blade technology o Blade is lone, narrow flake with many sharp cutting edges o Solutrean Points: can be up to a foot long and paper thin  Elaboration and Diversification of technology o Atatls: often called “dart throwers” - Has elaborate carvings, designed for for killing at a long distance - Interchangeable parts o Bone needle findings suggest development of fitted clothing  Long Distance transport of raw materials o High quality stones are traded as well as movement of other artifacts  First significant art and ornamentation and Evidence for Ritual o Portable Art: carvings, figurines, shaped and decorated objects - Don’t know exact meaning - Human/animal figurines made of Ivory - Shamanism: ritual practioner with healing powers obtained thorugh transforming into animals o “Venus” figurines (25 kya) - Exaggerated female features (breasts, stomach) - No face and small arms - Might depict female fertility o Mural Art: o Lascaux Cave (Perigord Region, France, 17 kya) - Most important collection of paleolithic art - Caves are special purpose sites visited periodically - Most likely used to preform rituals (hunting/animal fertility/initiation) o Depictions of humans are rare (when they do its mix of both animal and humans) o Occasionaly see hand stencils o Prey animals common (large omnivores); exaggerated form (pregnant) o Not interactive, just added paintings over the years o Cavern of the Cats - Bird Headed Human Deception with guts spilling out and human falling with bird on the floor Significance of Personal Ornamentation and Ritual Burials in Upper Paleolithic  Body Ornamentation as means of communication social information such as gender identity, mate status, group affiliation  Ritual Burials (first real examples with grave goods) o Objects disposed have meaning o People are treated in death how they were treated in life (same staus) o Orche: red covered burial Upper Paleolithic Lifeways  Followed migratory patterns into other parts of the world Modern Human Diaspora  Diaspora: global colonization, technology, and symbolic communication  Migrated/populated every inhabitable place on the planet  Technology and symbolic communication made it possible Colonization of Australia  Settled in 38- 40 kya which required open sea crossing (boats and navigation skills) Colonization of the Americas- Paleo Indians  Clovis (11-9 kya) o Earliest recognized paleo indian culture in North America o Hunted mammoth, bison and used finely made spear points (Clovis point)  Monte Verde Site (Chile, South America) o Evidence with artifacts, hunting tools, footprints o Radio carbon dates say 13 kya which forced archaeologists to consider coastal route model o Beringia- land bridge connecting Alaska and Russia that enabled migration into North America By 8000 BC (10 kya) modern humans had completely populated the Americas


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