10 Facts About Archaeological record


The archaeological record can consist of the earliest ancient findings as well as contemporary artifacts.

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The archaeological record is the physical record of human prehistory and history, of why ancient civilizations prospered or failed and why those cultures changed and grew.

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Patrik argued that the first three definitions reflected a "physical model" of archaeological evidence, where it is seen as the direct result of physical processes that operated in the past ; in contrast, definitions four and five follow a "textual model", where the archaeological record is seen as encoding cultural information about the past.

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Archaeological record highlighted the extent to which archaeologists' understanding of what constituted 'the archaeological record' was dependent on broader currents in archaeological theory, namely, that processual archaeologists were likely to subscribe to a physical model and postprocessual archaeologists a textual model.

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Archaeological record can consist of the written documentation that is presented in scientific journals.

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The Digital Archaeological Record is an international digital repository for the digital records of archaeological investigations.

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The archaeological record serves as a database for everything archaeology stands for and has become.

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The ambiguity that is associated with the archaeological record is often due to the lack of examples, but the archaeological record is everything the science of archaeology has found and created.

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Components of the archaeological record include: artifacts, built structures, human impact on the environment, garbage, stratigraphy, mortuary practices, plant remains, or animal remains.

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Artifacts from the archaeological record are usually found in the ground, and once dug up, archaeologists put data such as photographs and exact location of the artifact into the archaeological record.

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