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Archaeology Test 1 Ch. 1

Archaeology Chapter 1, 2, 4, 5 Test.  Chapter 1.  
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What is Archaeology? 
The study of physical and cultural remains of past people- typically covers what written history lacks.
Culture
"That complex whole which includes knowledge, beliefs, art, law, morals, customs and other capabilities and habits acquired by members of society." (Tylor)Shared traits, beliefs, values...
a.       What are the goals of archaeology? Which goals are the most challenging and why in your estimation? 
- To recover and preserve material remains-Document patterned relationships-To reconstruct past lifeways (cultures of the past)-To establish cultural chronologies----come up...
LIfeways
Everyday cultural customs and practices---ways of living. (Do this through ethnographic research.) 
Ethnography
A careful, accurate description of cultures. (What they see.)
4 subfields 
1. Cultural Anthropology (Ethnology)2. Archaeology 3. Physical Anthropology4. Linguistic (Cognitive anthro.)
Anthropology and its relationship to archaeology 
Anthropology rests on the idea that human behavior can be scientifically studied in spite of complexities in human experience. -Archaeology strives to show us how cultures rise...
Cross Cultural Study
Both arch. and anthro. are cross cultural studies. -can look and compare cultures from other sides of the world.-Arch. uses ethnographic analogies. (use of material and non material...
What arch. is NOT.
-paleontology-Most things on history channel-Anything in movies
Old world vs. new world archaeology 
-The old world is what was known to Europeans before Columbus. (ie Europe, Africa, Asia and smaller land masses and islands)-The New world is everything discovered after Columbus. 
Anthropological Archaeology 
Centered on culture----look at how people live as opposed to historical documents.
Ethnohistory
Study of original documents describing the past, such as those written by travelers, explorers and missionaries. 
Classics
Focus on study of Ancient Rome/Greece - Learn latin/greek
Historical Anthropology
Study of remains of cultures. --Could be as recent as 10-20 years ago. -Civil war, colonial and medieval arch. also count. 
Artifact 
Any object produced/altered by humans. 
EcoFact
Ecological (floral, faunal, geophysical)-Natural remains of plants and animals. 
Feature
Any highly localized area of human use or modifications (Pyramids)
Site and Site Layout
- A Site is an isolated area of concentrated archaeological remains.-Site layout is the locations and spatial interrelations of artifacts, features, activity area, and remains of structures...
Attribute
Recognizable characteristic/quality of an artifact. 
Assemblage
Whole set of artifacts representing material culture inventory or repertoire in a cultural setting. 
Settlement Pattern
Distribution of archaeology sites near the landscape. 
Settlement System
Sites in a particular region during a particular period of time, and their social, economic and political interrelations. 
Middle Range Theory
Theory you use to operate/study before you can use it.-Ideas and concepts archaeologists use to reconstruct the behaviors that have resulted in material culture record. 
Science
The systematic study of the physical or material world seeking to discover and formalize general laws through testing hypotheses and careful observation of results. 
Renaissance 
The rebirth of European intellectual curiosity about the natural world and the role of humans in it. Originating in the 14th century in Italy and spreading throughout Europe. Changing...
Ethnology
Proper term for the systematic and comparative study of culture, including both modern and past cultures. 
Ethnographic study
The study of cultural characteristics of a particular ethnic or social group. 
Material Remains
Physical remnants of a past society including ecofacts, artifacts, features architecture and the ways these are distributed. 
Historical Archaeology 
study of the remains of culture for which historical documents are available. 
Ethnoarchaeology  and the Nunamiut Eskimos (chpt.2)
study of the observable dynamic behavior of living people in order to develop models to interpret archaeological remains. -nunamiut eskimos: can help us study the relationships...
Epigraphy
Study and interpretation of ancient inscriptions. 
Iconography
illustrations based on stylized symbolic forms or icons. Also the study and interpretation of such images. 
Ethnographic Analogy
use of material and nonmaterial aspects of a living culture to form models to test interpretations of archaeological remains. 
Context
An object's setting in time and place, and its affinity to other things. 
Spatial context
location of an object and its spatial relation to other objects found in archaeological record 
Temporal context 
Age/date of an object and its temporal relation to other objects in the arch. record. 
Formal context
Affinity of an object to a general class of objects sharing general characteristics of form. 
Site Formation Process 
Natural and cultural processes or transformations that have in combination with each other, produced archaeological sites. 
Relative Age
chronological relationships among relatively younger and older things, even though no actual dates are available. 
Absolute Age
amount of time elapsed since an object was made or used. 
Radiocarbon Dating
absolute dating method developed by Libby, which determines the absolute age of an organic object by measuring the amount of decay of radioactive Carbon. 
potsherd 
Piece of broken pottery vessel. 
Culture history
the chronological arrangement of the time phases and events of a particular culture. 
Cultural Processes
sets of interrelated changes occurring through time, operating very broadly in geographical social and temporal terms over the course of a culture's history. 
Cultural Ecology
theoretical perspective that culture and environment interact dynamically. a program for analyzing cultures, based on understanding adaption to the environment. 
Technoeconomic organization 
The way energy and materials are produced, distributed and consumed. 
Social organization
the way relationships among the members of a culture are structured, and how much differentiation exists. 
Political Organization
the way in which a society is organized to make and enforce political decisions and to resolve conflict within the social setting and between societies. 
Ideology
Belief system of a particular society including values and ethics. 
Pompei 
-actually good for archaeologists- Mt. vesuvius erupts in 79AD covering entire town. -Pumice and ash kept remains safe, awaiting discovery in 1594. 
Fossils
mineralized traces/impressions of an organism. -majority of organisms don't leave behind fossils. -fossilization most apt to occur amongst marine animals. 
Taphonomy
study of process of fossilization 
Bogmen 
Bog or peat is very good at preserving organic remains by pickling them. 
Mummies
both naturally occurring and man-man made. 
Environmental Setting
influence social groups and associate cultures. Environment plays a huge role for the formation of the site. 
Stratigraphy
-Oldest layers of strata are deepest. -newest layers on top-defining chronology can be difficult as natural phenomena can shift position of layers. 
Environmental Archaeology
people build for their environment.-looks at past civilizations built. 
Dimensions
Social and political organization. 
Cultural Evolution (Film)
Cultural evolution is when a society goes from simple to complex , and changes to inter-dependence. (Ex: Hunter gatherers to agriculture.)


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