Nicolas Ames Humanities and Social Science
Residue or Residon't? The Value of Archeaological Micro-debris in Unraveling Dhiban's Imperial Past
My project is a reassessment of current archaeological interpretive techniques through comparing two main focuses of artifact analysis. I will be looking at site interpretive resolution of more standard heavy-fraction analysis (focusing on items > 4mm in size) in relation to microdebris analysis (focusing on items > 2mm in size) to find out which method provides 1) the highest resolution of site area use, 2) efficiency/cost of use of the techniques. My goal is to determine whether more specialized techniques, such as microdebris analysis, provide enough of an interpretive edge to offset the time and monetary costs of its use. To do this I will be traveling to of Dhiban, Jordan to excavate a Roman/Byzantine domestic surface in order to collect and analyze primary data. In conjunction with my reassessment of analytical techniques, I will use my interpreted data to create a site history of domestic life in Roman Dhiban.
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