Archaeology Test 1 ch. 1

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archaeology chapter 1, 2, 4, 5 test. Chapter 1. 


 
  
Created Sep 23, 2012
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What is Archaeology? 
 
The study of physical and cultural remains of past people- typically covers what written history...
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Culture
 
"That complex whole which includes knowledge, beliefs, art, law, morals, customs and other...
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a.       What are the goals of archaeology? Which goals are...
 
- To recover and preserve material remains-Document patterned relationships-To reconstruct...
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LIfeways
 
Everyday cultural customs and practices---ways of living. (Do this through ethnographic research.) 
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Ethnography
 
A careful, accurate description of cultures. (What they see.)
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4 subfields 
 
1. Cultural Anthropology (Ethnology)2. Archaeology 3. Physical Anthropology4. Linguistic...
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Anthropology and its relationship to archaeology 
 
Anthropology rests on the idea that human behavior can be scientifically studied in spite of...
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Cross Cultural Study
 
Both arch. and anthro. are cross cultural studies. 
-can look and compare cultures...
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What arch. is NOT.
 
-paleontology-Most things on history channel-Anything in movies
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Old world vs. new world archaeology 
 
-The old world is what was known to Europeans before Columbus. (ie Europe, Africa, Asia and...
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Anthropological Archaeology 
 
Centered on culture----look at how people live as opposed to historical documents.
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Ethnohistory
 
Study of original documents describing the past, such as those written by travelers, explorers...
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Classics
 
Focus on study of Ancient Rome/Greece - Learn latin/greek
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Historical Anthropology
 
Study of remains of cultures. --Could be as recent as 10-20 years ago. 
-Civil...
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Artifact 
 
Any object produced/altered by humans. 
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EcoFact
 
Ecological (floral, faunal, geophysical)-Natural remains of plants and animals. 
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Feature
 
Any highly localized area of human use or modifications (Pyramids)
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Site and Site Layout
 
- A Site is an isolated area of concentrated archaeological remains.
-Site layout is the...
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Attribute
 
Recognizable characteristic/quality of an artifact. 
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Assemblage
 
Whole set of artifacts representing material culture inventory or repertoire in a cultural...
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Settlement Pattern
 
Distribution of archaeology sites near the landscape. 
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Settlement System
 
Sites in a particular region during a particular period of time, and their social, economic...
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Middle Range Theory
 
Theory you use to operate/study before you can use it.
-Ideas and concepts archaeologists...
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Science
 
The systematic study of the physical or material world seeking to discover and formalize general...
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Renaissance 
 
The rebirth of European intellectual curiosity about the natural world and the role of humans...
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Ethnology
 
Proper term for the systematic and comparative study of culture, including both modern and...
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Ethnographic study
 
The study of cultural characteristics of a particular ethnic or social group. 
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Material Remains
 
Physical remnants of a past society including ecofacts, artifacts, features architecture and...
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Historical Archaeology 
 
study of the remains of culture for which historical documents are available. 
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Ethnoarchaeology  and the Nunamiut Eskimos (chpt.2)
 
study of the observable dynamic behavior of living people in order to develop models to interpret...
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Epigraphy
 
Study and interpretation of ancient inscriptions. 
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Iconography
 
illustrations based on stylized symbolic forms or icons. Also the study and interpretation...
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Ethnographic Analogy
 
use of material and nonmaterial aspects of a living culture to form models to test interpretations...
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Context
 
An object's setting in time and place, and its affinity to other things. 
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Spatial context
 
location of an object and its spatial relation to other objects found in archaeological record 
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Temporal context 
 
Age/date of an object and its temporal relation to other objects in the arch. record. 
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Formal context
 
Affinity of an object to a general class of objects sharing general characteristics of form. 
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Site Formation Process 
 
Natural and cultural processes or transformations that have in combination with each other,...
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Relative Age
 
chronological relationships among relatively younger and older things, even though no actual...
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Absolute Age
 
amount of time elapsed since an object was made or used. 
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Radiocarbon Dating
 
absolute dating method developed by Libby, which determines the absolute age of an organic...
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potsherd 
 
Piece of broken pottery vessel. 
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Culture history
 
the chronological arrangement of the time phases and events of a particular culture. 
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Cultural Processes
 
sets of interrelated changes occurring through time, operating very broadly in geographical...
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Cultural Ecology
 
theoretical perspective that culture and environment interact dynamically. a program for analyzing...
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Technoeconomic organization 
 
The way energy and materials are produced, distributed and consumed. 
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Social organization
 
the way relationships among the members of a culture are structured, and how much differentiation...
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Political Organization
 
the way in which a society is organized to make and enforce political decisions and to resolve...
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Ideology
 
Belief system of a particular society including values and ethics. 
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Pompei 
 
-actually good for archaeologists- Mt. vesuvius erupts in 79AD covering entire town. -Pumice...
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Fossils
 
mineralized traces/impressions of an organism. 
-majority of organisms don't leave...
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Taphonomy
 
study of process of fossilization 
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Bogmen 
 
Bog or peat is very good at preserving organic remains by pickling them. 
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Mummies
 
both naturally occurring and man-man made. 
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Environmental Setting
 
influence social groups and associate cultures. Environment plays a huge role for the formation...
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Stratigraphy
 
-Oldest layers of strata are deepest. -newest layers on top-defining chronology can be...
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Environmental Archaeology
 
people build for their environment.-looks at past civilizations built. 
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Dimensions
 
Social and political organization. 
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Cultural Evolution (Film)
 
Cultural evolution is when a society goes from simple to complex , and changes to inter-dependence....


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