the key aspects of
archaeological work is identifying the materials used in antiquity to
manufacture goods and implements. By recognising what materials were
used and how they were manufactured it is possible to identify advances
in knowledge and so develop a clearer picture of human evolution from
its earliest beginnings. Even the names given to periods of prehistory
- the Bronze Age and the Iron Age - are indicative of how significant
this study is.
The illustration above shows just some of the
variety of materials that surround us every day. All have been altered
by human intervention but some more than others. Being able to identify
anthropomorphic, and what is not, is part of archaeology. This section
does not pretend to be an in-depth study of methods of identification
or investigation of artefacts and materials. It is intended only as a
source of inspiration. If you want to know lots about this topic, enjoy
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