Methods of detecting activities and structures on archaeological sites

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  • Methods for detecting activities and structures on an archaeological site
    • Boundary analysis
      • Pro
        • Shape, size and orientation can give clues to function
        • Detected by remote sensing
      • Con
        • Other evidence is needed to corroborate evidence
    • Association of artefacts
      • Pro
        • Clusters of artefacts could indicate special activity
      • Con
        • Need to compare ratio of soil to finds.
    • Soil analysis
      • Pro
        • Phosphate analysis can detect animals
        • Pollen and invertebrates tell us about environment
      • Con
        • Soil affects the rate of survival of ecofacts
    • Immediate context of site
      • Pro
        • Identifies other associated features
          • EG. a water course may have a mill
      • Con
        • Hard to determine in towns due to keyhole excavation
    • Analogies with experimental archaeology
      • Pro
        • Helps estimate ground plan from Post holes and harths
        • Gives us infomation into construction techniques
      • Con
        • May heavily concentrate on materials
        • Not sure if it is actually correct
    • Petrological analysis
      • Con
        • Untitled
      • Pro
        • Identifies sources of building stone
          • Informs us about contemporary  knowlege of transport,etc

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