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.