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.