By Dr Kevin Greene
This bestselling booklet has firmly proven itself because the so much available advisor to archaeology on hand. It features:
* an evidence to the invention and excavation of sites
* a important define of the foremost relationship methods
* transparent causes of clinical techniques
* new theories and present controversies
* explanatory diagrams and photos
* tips on extra interpreting and updated bibliography.
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To ignore this context is to miss the forest for the trees. (Kehoe 1989, 106) 5 30 The Discovery of Civilizations (Daniel 1981) Interest in material remains, and in particular the concept of excavating sites for information rather than in search of treasures, developed long after the great period of descriptive study characterized by antiquarians like Camden or Aubrey. Archaeological exploration usually began for one of two reasons. Some structures, such as Hissarlik (Schliemann’s Troy), were investigated because they were thought to relate to historical people, periods or events.
Hedeager 1992, 14–20 38 cause redistribution of agricultural estates to smallscale farmers led to a sudden increase in ploughing. Fortunately, archaeologists from the British School of Archaeology in Rome realized the implications of this change, and walked over large areas of farmland recording finds and traces of sites or structures. The result was a view of the distribution of rural sites over a long period, from later prehistory to the early Middle Ages. Interesting variations in the location and intensity of sites in different periods required careful interpretation to explain the changes in terms of settlement patterns, population and methods of farming.
Like Montelius, they used dated finds from southern Europe to provide fixed points in the archaeological sequences of Scandinavia. The introduction of radiocarbon dating in the 1960s revealed major errors in the dating of European 29 The Idea of the Past prehistory, and cast typology in a bad light. Nevertheless, with appropriate caution, the technique remains fundamental to the classification and study of artefacts of virtually any kind or date found anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, the classification of objects and cultural stages preceded the general development of improved excavation techniques by several decades.
Archaeology - An Introduction by Dr Kevin Greene