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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTHROP 1AA3
Professor
Tracy Prowse
Semester
Winter

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Why Study the Past 14/01/2013 7:59:00 AM WEEKLY READING: Chap. 1 Pages 24-34 Why study the past  Most societies have an interest in the past  Reconstruct and explain life ways in the past from material evidence  Goal – study our changing biological and cultural diversity  This is done by exploring sites  Define sites differently, what they were doing in their daily lives Midden  Looking at the debris and the garbage  Midden basically means garbage  Look at bones, and looking at what they ate Cave Site  Highly specialised sites  For example, Neanderthal sites  Enclosed type of space, and therefore different type of strategies How are Sites Found  Some are obvious eg. Egyptian Pyramids  Archaeological survey o Ground survey, looking through fields and seeing if there any thing on ground surface o Aerial photography  Remote sensing o Using technology (ground penetrating radar) 
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