By Paul Bahn
This wonderful very brief advent displays the long-lasting acclaim for archaeology-a topic which appeals as a hobby, occupation, and educational self-discipline, encompasses the complete globe, and surveys 2.5 million years. From deserts to jungles, from deep caves to mountain tops, from pebble instruments to satellite tv for pc pictures, from excavation to summary concept, archaeology interacts with approximately another self-discipline in its makes an attempt to reconstruct the previous.
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Minute traces left on the tools by their functions) owe much to pioneer work in the 1950s by Sergei Semenov of the Soviet Union, who had to rely on an ordinary microscope to peer at the various polishes and striations on stone tools. But these Archaeology investigations have entered a new phase with the Scanning Electron Microscope, which allows a far closer and more detailed peek at microwear. However, none of this is of much use if you don’t know which activities produce these traces, and this is where experiments come in handy.
There may even be risks for the unwary archaeologist in handling human soft tissue – scabs and viruses can survive, and nobody knows how long microbes can lie dormant. Infectious micro-organisms may therefore pose real dangers, especially as our immunity to vanished or rare diseases has certainly declined. Lethal microbes are a far more plausible explanation for some of the (mercifully very rare) mysterious deaths among archaeologists than the ever-popular myth of the ‘Mummy’s Curse’. It would be ironic for an archaeologist to catch something nasty Archaeology from the past, perhaps the ultimate in experimental archaeology!
Until this century, the only dates available were those obtained from archaeological connections with the chronologies and calendars established by ancient peoples, and these are still of huge importance today. Many of these calendars – such as those of the Romans, Egyptians, Chinese, etc. – were ‘dynasties’. The Egyptian dynasties, for example, can be dated by working back from the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great which, from Greek historians, we know took place in 332 bc. Further detail and clariﬁcation came from Egyptian records of astronomical events whose dates we also know from independent scientiﬁc sources.
Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Paul Bahn