Historically, archaeology has worked under the assumption that buried deposits are more valuable for archaeological inquiry, as they retain more of their original context. While better techniques have developed for dealing effectively with so called "lithic scatter" and other surface materials, large-scale changes have not occurred in the way that these materials are treated by the discipline as a whole. This is in part because the methodology concerning these materials is self-reinforcing; a differential valuation creates differential results, which in turn justify future differential valuations. Some basic concepts of physics, applied properly, demonstrate an effective way in which surface materials may be treated. But new techniques alone are inadequate; here, a critique of terminology and attitudes is presented as a motivation for change. Ultimately, such investigations must implicitly recognize the basic idea that the forces that act on artifacts, from the quarry to the trowel, are not destructive as much as they are formative.
|Commitee:||Mandel, Rolfe, Radovanovic, Ivana|
|School:||University of Kansas|
|School Location:||United States -- Kansas|
|Source:||MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Archaeology, Lithics, Physics, Scatter, Site formation, Surface|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be