Readings Week 7 (second half):Dating
1)Know what is meant by absolute and relative dating, terminus post quem and terminus ante quem.
2)What is meant by (stylistic and frequency) seriation? How is it utilized?
3)What is Geochronology? How do varve accumulations and obsidian hydration help us determine relative dating?
3)Understand the mechanisms behind absoultue dating techniques such as dendrochronology, C14 dating, Potassium Argon and fission track dating, archaeomagnetism, and thermoluminescence.
Readings Week 8:Artifacts
What is meant by artifacts? How can we categorize/organize them? What is functional, technological and stylistic analysis? What is the role of quantitative/statistical analysis in the examination of objects?
2)Know the elements going into producing and identifying stone tools. What is core, a flake, a bulb of percussion, a negative bulb of percussion? What is meant by direct and indirect percussion? What is pressure flaking? What are ground-stone tools?
3)How can one analyze ceramics? What does one mean by hand-made pottery or pottery made on a wheel (slow and fast)? What is temper? What are various forms of surface decoration? How can pottery be classified by form and function?
4)What is the history of metal production?
Reading Week 9:Features
1)How does one analyze features (note provenience, association and context).
2)What are the differences between constructed features, cumulative features (what are middens?)
3)How can one analyze architecture? (know what is meant by the
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