ANT100Y1 Lecture Notes - Radiocarbon Dating, Historical Archaeology, Biological Anthropology
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ANT100Y1 Full Course Notes
Archaeology = the study of material remains (physical objects) and their spatial relationships to interpret past human behaviour. A holistic disciple seeks to bring together all aspects of human biology and culture. Archaeology adds a historic dimension, and comparative case studies. 4 sub-disciplines in this course (ant100) all are linked: History is based on written documents; archaeology on material culture. History is limited to at most 5,000 years; less than 100 in some regions. History limited primarily to literate societies. Written records tend to focus on the rich and powerful. Archaeology with the aid of historical records. Often documents to not give the complete picture, and only archaeology can fill the gaps. E. g. , how did commoners live? (this contrasts with prehistoric. Archaeology: where no historical records exist emphasized in this course!!) Classical civilizations of greece and rome from about 700 bc 500 ad. Science is the systematic pursuit of knowledge about natural phenomena.