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Time-Space Systematics

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Department
Archaeology
Course
ARH305H1
Professor
Gary Coupland
Semester
Fall

Description
Monday, September 26/11 Archaeological Interpretation G. Coupland Culture History: Time-Space Systematics Ethnoarchaeology • Binfords ‘Actualistic Studies’: Ethnographic observations by archaeologists with specific intent of linking certain activities to certain kinds of archaeological patterns • E.g. Nunamiut hunters kill a caribou, then butcher it for transport to base camp. What is left at kill site? What ends up at base camp? • Do all hunter butcher and transport meat as the Nunamiut do? • All hunters have same logistical problem (bulk transport) to solve and therefore, base camps (in terms of high MUI bones) shouldn’t look too diferent • This approaches a law-like statement • Archaeologists work from static to dynamic • What would create this site? (multiple working hypotheses) FormalAnalogies • Similarities in form sometimes called piecemeal parallels • Analogies drawn on basis of similarity of appearance (morphology) or similarities of certain features • E.g. IronAge English Hillforts (static) look like Maori ‘pa’(dynamic)
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