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A N T A01

ANTA01 Introduction to Anthropology: Human Origins Assignment # 2 – Hunter-gatherer as Models Name: Ahmed Sarwar Student # 997471187 Read ‘The Dobe Ju/’hoansi’ by Richard Lee and answer the questions below Worth a total of 20 marks Q1. Interpretation. Use the Ju/’hoansi as a model to interpret archaeological remains left by our ancestors. Worth 10 marks You are an Archaeologist who has just finished a multi year project, carefully excavating a large single occupation/habitation site called Acirema that dates to 4000 BC. You have found the remains of 20 flimsy hut circles that range in size from 2m to 8m in size. You noticed that during your excavation work, the river right beside the camp ran dry at times, but was a running river during part of the year. There are numerous ash pits but many of the hearths are still full of ash. Bones and broken pots litter the site and the bones are typically only from the largest meaty bones. One hearth consists of only upper leg bones while another hearth consists of only upper arm bones. Using the Ju/’hoansi as a model to interpret these remains, what can say about this site. Beside one hearth were numerous ostrich eggshell bead fragments, while at a second hearth, the only artefacts were stone tools. Fully explain and support your answer. They must have followed the Ju/’Hoansi way of concentric circle distribution for the village, building their structure based upon circles and categorizing each one. They lived next to a seasonal river and their hut structures were similar to the Ju/’Hoansi’s huts that they had built to live and shelter from the rain and the sun. They probably had fires in their homes like the Ju/’Hoansi did and then dumped the ashes into the pits behind their huts so that they could keep using wood without overflowing the ash. The broken pots and the bones suggest that they used to cook there just as the Ju/’Hoansi did as they ate the meat from the largest meaty bones and threw the bones which got buried in the soil. The ostrich eggshell bead fragments show that the women of Acirema did wear jewellery just lik
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