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Virtual Dig : a Simulated Archaeological Excavation of a Middle Paleolithic Site in France / With CD (2ND 03 Edition)

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This combination of workbook and CD-ROM (Win PC only) functions as a "virtual field school" that gives students the opportunity to carry out an excavation using real data. Based on excavations at the Middle Paleolithic site of Combe-Capelle in France, the exercises included in Virtual Dig ask students to access the CD's database to analyze and interpret findings.

About the Author

Barbara Roth is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Oregon State University. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1989. Her research interests include prehistoric hunter-gathers and lithic technology. She excavated at the French Middle Paleolithic sites of La Quina and Combe Capelle, and analyzed lithics from Combe Capelle with Harold Dibble.

Table of Contents

PART I INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

1 Overview of Virtual Dig

Installing and Running the Virtual Dig Software

A Word about the Data Used in the Virtual Dig

2 Background to the Middle Paleolithic

The Middle Paleolithic

Dating and Environment

Neandertals

Mousterian Stone Tools

Life in the Middle Paleolithic

Suggested Reading

3 Combe-Capelle

Suggested Reading

PART II SETUP

4 Research Design

What Is a Research Design?

Formulating a Research Design

Writing a Research Design

Research Design at Combe-Capelle

Suggested Readings

Exercise: Defining Your Research Questions for Your

Virtual Project

5 Unit Definition and Placement

Site Grid

Excavation Units

Unit Placement

Unit Definition and Placement at Combe-Capelle

Overview of the Unit Definition Screen

Suggested Readings

Exercise: Learning the Unit Definition Screen

Exercise: Virtual Project

6 Excavation Methods and Artifact Recovery

Excavation Methods

Excavation Tools

Exercise: Learning the Methods Screen

Exercise: Virtual Project

7 Mapping and Proveniencing

Datums

Methods for Recording Provenience

Recording Provenience during Excavation

Screening

Artifact Recovery and Proveniencing at Combe-Capelle

Suggested Readings

Exercise: Virtual Project

8 Personnel

Field and Lab Crew

Specialists

Budget Considerations in Planning Personnel

Personnel at Combe-Capelle

Exercise: Virtual Project

9 Living Expenses, Equipment, and Supplies

Living Conditions

Equipment and Supplies

Handling Logistics at Combe-Capelle

Exercise: Living Expenses

Exercise: Virtual Project

10 Developing a Field Budget

Exercise: Virtual Project

Final Exercise for Setting Up Your Virtual Project

PART III EXCAVATION

11 Overview of Excavation

The Day-to-Day Routine during an Excavation

Stratigraphy

Excavation Strategies for Recording Strata

Excavation at Combe-Capelle

Suggested Readings

12 Excavation in Virtual Dig

Equipping Your Virtual Project

Using the Interactive Excavation Screen

Exercise: Automatic Excavation

Exercise:Automatic Excavation

Exercise: Interactive Excavation

13 Field Documentation and Mapping

Field Documentation

Databases

Archiving and Curating Field Records

Field Documentation at Combe-Capelle

Exercise: Site Notebook

Exercise: Mapping

Exercise: Excavation of Your Virtual Project

PART IV LITHICS LAB

14 Flintknapping:The Making of Stone Tools

Terminology and Flake Landmarks

Flaking Techniques

Lithic Analysis

Suggested Readings

Exercise 14.1: Flintknapping Primer

15 Basics of Lithic Analysis I: Lithic Measurements

Suggested Readings

Exercise: Lithic Measurements

16 Basics of Lithic Analysis II: Lithic Attributes

Common Lithic Attributes

Other Lithic Attributes in the Combe-Capelle Data

Analyzing Lithic Attributes

Exercise:Lithic Attributes

17 Basics of Lithic Analysis III: Lithic Typology

The Typology of Francois Bordes

Bordian Graphs and Indices

Typology at Combe-Capelle

Exercise: Learning the Bordian Typology

Exercise: Learning the Bordian Type Lists and Cumulative Graphs

Exercise: Making Scrapers

PART V ANALYSIS

18 Overview of Archaeological Analysis

Day-to-Day Practices in a Lab

Analysis at Combe-Capelle

19 Analyzing Lithic Data with Virtual Dig

Statistics, Tables, and Graphs

Analyzing Type Counts and Typological Indices

Exercise: Character Variables

Exercise: Numeric Data

20 Evaluating Taphonomy and Site Formation

Damage

Size Distributions

Artifact Orientation

Exercises: Site Taphonomy

Suggested Reading

21 Writing a Site Report

Product Details

ISBN:
9780072824766
Author:
Dibble, Harold L.
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Langua
Author:
Roth, Barbara J.
Author:
Roth, Barbara
Author:
McPherron, Shannon P.
Author:
McPherron, Shannon
Author:
Dibble, Harold L.
Location:
Boston Mass.
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Archaeological surveying.
Subject:
Mousterian culture.
Subject:
Excavations
Subject:
Dordogne
Subject:
Combe-Capelle Sites
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Series Volume:
10
Publication Date:
June 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
28 cm. +

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Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » Computer Simulation
History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » Archaeology » Europe
History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History

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