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Archaeology Notes Week 4

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Archaeology Notes Week 4 ANT 240

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As the last set of notes before the exam, this section begins to cover methods of excavation.
Introduction to Archaeology
Dr. F. Scott Worman
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Anthropology, archeology
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Date Created: 09/16/16
Archeology Notes Week 4 Remote Sensing techniques:  Soil resistivity:  Run electrical current through soil  Resistance related to moisture and compaction  Identify buried structures, pits, graves, walls, etc.  Problem: need contrasts in moisture, compaction o Doesn’t work in really wet or really dry areas  Ground Penetrating Radar:  Send pulse, measure reflection  Density and moisture change reflection  Can identify buried pits, walls, structures, graves….  Problem: need contrast in compaction, bldg., matls. o Usefulness depends on site, setting o Expensive, may or may not work o Test results by excavation  Tells you something may be there, not what Excavation: Formation Processes  Processes move things from where they were used  Processes that physically alter or destroy them  Why are things where they are?  What are you NOT seeing? o Cultural processes (C-transforms)  Behaviors that create or alter the archeological record  Move things from systemic to archaeological context  Making things  Fixing things  Reusing things for different purposes  “curation behaviors” o People find and use things left behind by earlier groups  Moving to a new location (take some things, leave others)  Taking out the trash, disposing of things in various ways  Artifact Life history  Follow an artifact from manufacture to disposal  Natural Processes  Change the archeological record during and after deposition o Burial, erosion, transport, redeposition o In-place mixing (bio-, cryo-, argilloturbation) o Some things disintegrate, other are more durable Projects: o Type of project determines type of excavation  Match methods to goals  Minimize the extent of excavation  Always record provenience (where each artifact came from), features, and spatial patterning o Preliminary excavation  Exploratory excavation and testing:  Characterize archeological deposits-what is it, and where  Often includes remote sensing, documentary research, various kinds of probing  Used to plan management or more research o Test excavation  Limited excavations for specific information  Hearths for 14C, macro botanical remains  Walls for construction type, sequence  Burials for info on population, health  Answer questions and/or plan more work o Sample excavation  Excavate parts of a site  Preserve parts for future research (academic)  Excavate parts that will answer questions (academic)  Too expensive to excavate all, get a representative sample with part (CRM) o Complete excavation  Excavate all of a site  Usually only if site will be destroyed  Most common in CRM archeology  Follows excavations with construction monitoring


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