W2 Archaeology in the News Post

Name: Archaeologists discover ‘Roman Village’ in Gernsheim

Date: September 17, 2015

Source: Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (Science Daily)

Description: until 2014, not much was known about Roman Gernsheim, but in 2014 archaeologists discovered that maybe a village settlement may have existed there. They found the foundation of a stone building, wells, cellar pits, and more. It seems that the people who lived in the village were family members of soldiers and were quite well off because they have found some treasures there as well. The main question that the archaeologists interested in this site are asking seems to be “who lived here”. To answer this question, they would have to take a culture history approach. As this article seems to be talking about the beginning of the excavation, they would need to collect data as they focus on revealing the form of the past. A university thesis had not been formed at the time the article was written due to the continuation of documentation from the excavation. The archaeologists do not focus on finding artifacts as much as they are trying to understand the past in whichever ways they can. This is a great example of the modernized version of archaeology. One of the goals of archaeology is to obtain chronology of the past and that Is exactly what these archaeologists are trying to accomplish.

4 thoughts on “W2 Archaeology in the News Post

  1. I think this is an interesting article because it provides us the route of thinking of those archaeologists. The article starts with the discover of the site that maybe a village settlement may have existed there, and then posts the question which the archaeologists curious about and would like to solve. This article also shows the perspective which archaeologists would like to choose, which is the cultural history approach. After that, they would determine the time period of the site with artifacts dug from that place and try to understand the past as much as possible. Thus, this article could clearly provide the working process of modern archaeology.

  2. This article is a good representation of the modern archaeology that is done today. Rather than searching for more and more artifacts just to see what else can be found, the archaeologists are uncovering these objects with intent to use them to learn about the people who left them behind. You’re right that this requires a culture history approach because, with so many artifacts at their fingertips, the archaeologists can look for trends or similarities in the design or fabrication, which hint at cultural norms that these people followed. It’s also very exciting that with such a new project, so many discoveries have already been made about the people who may have been living there!

  3. This was a great article as it disproves the myth of Archaeologists just hunting for artifacts in sites. They were actually looking for several things, as well as artifacts, in order to simply find them. They are more concerned about the fact that there is information to be discovered, rather than the fact that people want to take artifacts and sell them for wealth. The archaeologists do seem to be interested in chronology, which is extremely important as it shows they have certain old and new archaeological approaches. So i definitely agree with you, the article does display a lot of use of the cultural historical approach from these archaeologists.

  4. I thought it was a great example of modern archaeology. Instead of spending their time searching for treasures, they are working to understand the unique situation that was occurring there. I think its super interesting that they were able to learn that these people were families of military and that they had been of high status. I would love to learn more about how these people lived their lives, it seems that they would have their own sub-culture even within the larger tribe or group they were also a part of. With the project being so new there is obviously much still not yet understood about how these people lived. It just goes to show you that archaeology was not exclusive to Egypt or Central America that there is still much to learn and be discovered.

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