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ANT200 - October 2nd, 2012.doc

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University of Toronto Mississauga
David Smith

Topic 4 // Data Processing & Organizing Chapter 5 : 115 – 122 Chapter 6 - Analyzing the Past Data Processing • The most tedious process of gathering archaeological information Steps include…. 1. Conservation of data • taking steps in order to preserve material evidence, and conserve data in general for future generations 2. Cleaning • Getting dirt off of artifacts • Different artifacts have different processes of being cleaned 3. Sorting * 4. Cataloguing – organize * Sort all artifacts within a chart or form indication size, shape, material it isi made from as well as weight Link the sorting with data (provenience) 5. Distributions (analysis or using the catalogue data in order to observe certain spatial relations) Data Organization “Sorting by Category” – a sub group of all the artifacts that you have • Separate the Artifacts from the Ecofacts & distinguish the features 1. Artifacts - Lithic Tools (stone or natural ) a. Chip pieces off of a piece of rock b. Conchoidal fracture - controlling how a rock fracture or cracks c. Debitage – waste material produced by chipping a rock d. Ground Stone – different kinds of stone. Stone can be grounded into a specific shape e. Rough Stone - a hammer *somet
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