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What is Archaeology? : Studying Past Cultures n. What is Culture? n. Cultural Systems What is Archaeology? : Studying Past Cultures n. What is Culture? n. Cultural Systems and Culture Process n. Goals of Archaeology n. Theory in Archaeology

Archaeologists? Archaeologists?

Basic Concepts n Fossils-Studied by Paleoanthropologists. – Preserved remains of creatures from the past. Basic Concepts n Fossils-Studied by Paleoanthropologists. – Preserved remains of creatures from the past. – They form when an organism dies, is buried, and over long periods of time the organic part decays and is replaced by minerals. » i. e. bones form stone. – Fossil localities are where fossils are found. n Archaeological sites-Studied by Archaeologists. – Places of past human activity. » large settlements with ceremonial centers. » small hunting camps.

Terms n Artifacts- Objects found and studied by archaeologists which have been made or Terms n Artifacts- Objects found and studied by archaeologists which have been made or modified by humans. – Stone tools, bone tools, pottery most common. n Ecofacts- nonartifactual remains found at archaeological sites, such as animals bones, shells, plant remains. – Generally provide ecological and subsistence information. n Features- Nonmoveable artifacts such as hearths, pits or house floors. – Can reveal information such as settlement and subsistence.

Context n An artifacts context is it's specific location where it was found and Context n An artifacts context is it's specific location where it was found and how it relates to other artifacts around it. – *i. e. A stone arrowhead is found with newspapers and plastic bottles, what would you conclude about the arrowheads context? n So a pot on its own may tell you how it was made or what it was made from, but if it is removed from its context archaeologists have no idea what it was associated with.

Doing Archaeology n Locating Sites – Accident, Controlled Survey, Remote Sensing n Excavation – Doing Archaeology n Locating Sites – Accident, Controlled Survey, Remote Sensing n Excavation – Horizontal, Vertical n Dating Techniques – Carbon 14, Dendrochronology Artifact Analysis n Site and Regional Synthesis n

Archaeology is Anthropology n Archaeology is anthropology or it is nothing. – Collectors vs. Archaeology is Anthropology n Archaeology is anthropology or it is nothing. – Collectors vs. Archaeologists » collectors are after artifacts for money or for personal collections. » archaeologists are after knowledge. n Context is the most important thing to archaeology. – the time and space in which objects occur in the ground. – systematic study of the past in this context.

Types of archaeology Classical-use of written sources, architecture and art. n Historical-recent historic times, Types of archaeology Classical-use of written sources, architecture and art. n Historical-recent historic times, may be text aided. n Underwater archaeologists-study waterlogged sites or artifacts with special techniques. n Prehistoric-cultures before written records. n New World vs. Old World n

Specialists n n n n n Research on particular artifacts or ecofacts. Zooarchaeologists-animal bones Specialists n n n n n Research on particular artifacts or ecofacts. Zooarchaeologists-animal bones from archaeological sites. Lithic analysts-stone tools. Paleoethnobotanists-botanical remains, domestication. Bioarchaeologists-human remains. Ceramics Metals Architecture Writing Etc. , etc.

What is Culture? n n n “That complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, What is Culture? n n n “That complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by a[person] as a member of society” Edward Tylor Primary nonbiological means by which human societies adapt to and accomodate their environment. Culture is a society’s traditional system of beliefs and behavior. What is the difference between human culture and animal societies? *i. e. when an animal dies, its experiences die with them. But what about primate societies?

Cultural Systems n Cultural Systems – A complex system comprising a set of interacting Cultural Systems n Cultural Systems – A complex system comprising a set of interacting variables, including: » » » tools burial customs subsistence religion social organization – These elements function to maintain a community – When one element changes, others are effected n How do we study Cultural Systems in Archaeology?

Tools Tools

Burial Customs Burial Customs

Religion Religion

Social Organization Social Organization

Culture Processes by which human societies changed in the past. n Culture change was Culture Processes by which human societies changed in the past. n Culture change was generally slow and gradual. n Primary Processes: n – Invention – Diffusion – Migration

Cultural Evolution n Prestate Societies – Bands – Tribes – Chiefdoms n State-Organized Societies Cultural Evolution n Prestate Societies – Bands – Tribes – Chiefdoms n State-Organized Societies

The Goals of Archaeology n Four Goals of Archaeology – Studying Culture History – The Goals of Archaeology n Four Goals of Archaeology – Studying Culture History – Reconstructing Past Lifeways – Explaining Culture Change – Making Archaeology Relevant to the Present

Studying Culture History North America Old World (Europe/Africa) n Paleoindian (15 -10 kya) n Studying Culture History North America Old World (Europe/Africa) n Paleoindian (15 -10 kya) n Paleolithic (2 mya-10 kya) n Archaic (10 -3 kya) n Mesolithic (10 kya-6 kya) n Woodland (3 -1 kya) n Neolithic (6 kya-4 kya) n Mississippian (1 kya-500 ya) n Bronze Age (4 kya-2. 5 kya) n Iron Age (2. 5 kya--)

Reconstructing Past Lifeways Flintknapping-Making Stone Tools http: //www. dec. ny. gov/images/administration_images/0807 flintknap. jpg Reconstructing Past Lifeways Flintknapping-Making Stone Tools http: //www. dec. ny. gov/images/administration_images/0807 flintknap. jpg

Explaining Culture Change The Bixby Homesite: 1800 -1845 The actual household objects of the Explaining Culture Change The Bixby Homesite: 1800 -1845 The actual household objects of the Bixby house, the house itself with its outbuildings, and the surrounding New Englandscape illustrate clearly the changes in society and in work in the first half of the 19 th century.

Archaeology & Relevance to the Present Paleopathology: A 20, 000 -Skeleton Perspective The diagnosis Archaeology & Relevance to the Present Paleopathology: A 20, 000 -Skeleton Perspective The diagnosis of various pathologies is a major tool for both archaeology and medicine. This set illustrates disease phenomena which are reproducible across geographic and even species lines. The antiquity of one disease -- rheumatoid arthritis -- varies geographically, possible evidence for its origin as vector-transmitted and for speculation about human behavior.

Theory in Archaeology n Cultural-Historical – Chronology – Artifact Typology n Processual – Behavior Theory in Archaeology n Cultural-Historical – Chronology – Artifact Typology n Processual – Behavior – Experimental Archaeology n Post-processual – Ideological – Religion – Symbolism

Culture History-Pottery Culture History-Pottery

Processual-Ethnoarchaeology of the Kalinga View of Dangtalan looking north. The irrigated fields border the Processual-Ethnoarchaeology of the Kalinga View of Dangtalan looking north. The irrigated fields border the village on the east, west, and south. Notice the variability in house sizes as well as construction materials (e. g. , thatch vs. corrugated iron sheets for the roofs).

Post-Processual-Imagery Chichen Itza- The player on the left holds the severed head of the Post-Processual-Imagery Chichen Itza- The player on the left holds the severed head of the defeated player on the right. From the trunk spouts blood in the form of seven serpents. In the center is the ball.