Concepts and Themes in Archaeology

Basic Concepts are sometimes so basic that we forget how complicated they really are. For example, I often take for granted that people know what I mean when I say something is from the Bronze Age. I mean, I understand the Three-Age System, doesn’t everyone?  Yet as it has been pointed out to me when I start to wax poetic about chert, most people don’t know what I know.

So let me remedy this problem and let me preference it as well; as I go over concepts and themes in archaeology, I can only tell you what I know by how I understand it.  Why do I say this? Because things change in archaeology so frequently that sometimes there are things I don’t know, and I may not know I don’t know them, but once I do know that I don’t know them I will work to learn them and correct anything I might have said wrong.

So with that in mind, Let us start expanding our understanding of things I take for granted.

“Basic” Concepts and Themes in Archaeology. 

 

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2 thoughts on “Concepts and Themes in Archaeology

  1. zuma

    Scientists use radioactive dating method to assess the age of fossils. The reliability of the information that has been gathered and assessed and confirmed through the examination of fossils would be in question. This is due to the creatures in the fossils might survive a few thousand years ago and yet the inaccuracy of the dating method might well mislead the scientists to have lived for a few billion years or beyond.

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  2. Zuma: you need to learn about fossils; try here –
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossil
    “Consequently, palaeontologists must usually rely on stratigraphy to date fossils. Stratigraphy is the science of deciphering the “layer-cake” that is the sedimentary record, and has been compared to a jigsaw puzzle.” And: “Various dating methods have been used and are used today depending on local geology and context, and while there is some variance in the results from these dating methods, nearly all of them provide evidence for a very old Earth, approximately 4.6 billion years.”

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