Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Paul Bahn

By Paul Bahn

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You can release all kinds of demons lurking inside you when you are allowed to burn down a house, or attack a colleague with a bronze sword, bash hell out of a piece of stone, or smear cowdung over a wall or kiln, and call it ‘Science’. A related but less active approach to this kind of work has been dubbed ‘ethnoarchaeology’. For a long time, archaeologists were frustrated at the lack of helpful information being obtained from living ‘primitive’ peoples by anthropologists. e. how these people produced what would become their archaeological record.

Begun in the tenth century ad, these structures used up the timber from more than 200,000 pines and firs. Plant remains cemented into crystallized urine in ancient packrat middens have provided a view of changes in the local vegetation over time, and it is clear that relentless woodcutting went on for centuries, not only for building materials but also to meet the fuel demands of a growing population. The resulting widespread environmental damage was irreversible, and was a major factor in the sites’ abandonment.

Whole collections of different but contemporaneous objects can be lumped together in an ‘assemblage’ and assemblages too can be arranged in sequences and compared from area to area. Other relative chronologies were based on the succession of climatic phases for the Ice Age (glacials, or phases of glacial advance; interglacials, or warmer interludes; and minor fluctuations known as stadials and interstadials), but we now know – thanks to detailed climatic information from ice cores in the Arctic and Antarctic – that Ice 18 Age climate was far more complex and fluctuating than had been realized.

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