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Contextual Analysis At Sagalassos

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The ability of archaeological evidence to contribute to the study of human behaviour largely derives from patterns in the dispersal of artefacts, however, and not simply from the objects themselves. A full description of the archaeological context of particular objects is thus required in order to maximise the recovery of data about the past. Contextual analysis, as it has been developed at Sagalassos, is used to identify human activities and their social and economic implications by carefully delineating the distribution of archaeological material, taking surrounding architecture and the process of context formation into account. This chapter proposes a methodology for detecting patterns within found assemblages in order to classify different modes of human habitation. At Sagalassos, the ceramic material recovered from each context is quantified by counting and weighing the sherds.

Keywords: archaeological evidence; human habitation; Sagalassos; sherds



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