W3 Reflection Post


1) Using both the principles of stratigraphy, I think the most detailed archaeological sequence would be stratum U. By the first principle of superposition, which states that the unit found at the bottom of an undisturbed pile is older than the ones above it. Because stratum U is the lowest unit, it satisfies this law. By the second principle, which is the law of strata identified by their contents, it says that the units at a site can be distinguished from one another by seeking the differences in objects they contain. In stratum U we see, canario projectile points and percussion-flaked choppers, which are not seen in any other unit. Hence by the laws mentioned above, stratum U is the most detailed archaeological sequence.

2 and 3) There are obvious signs of mixing and filling. Strata C and D have almost the same objects. Then in stratum E we have evidence of windblown sand which shows that there is unconformity because then in stratum F we have similar objects as C and D.

4) The wall seems to be 2 meters wide and 4 meters long. It seems like on the left of the wall there was some kind of a multi-story building. Maybe a house. The strata O representing the ground level and other levels of cement representing other stories. The right side of the wall shows signs of the open ground, not enclosed unlike the left side.

5) Comparing the right side of the wall to the left while applying the first law, it seems as if the right side is older as it goes deeper. Also if we compare stratum P to strata H’, J’ and K’, we get some resemblance in pottery and other objects. As strata P is clearly lower than the wall, this states that the right side was older.

6) On the left side of the wall, strata O through G bracket the construction of the wall and on the right strata K’ through G or I’ through G bracket the construction. In total strata O through G brackets the whole wall.

7) In strata P through Q the burial is more crude as the body seems to be just put there. In the second burial, consisting of strata B and C, the burial style has changed. The body lays more flat now and shows resemblance to modern day type of burial. The change in burial type gives us a sense of relative time. 

2 thoughts on “W3 Reflection Post

  1. I like how you took the multiple concrete levels found on the left of the wall to be part of a multilevel structure built at the same time. I took it as people moved in after the previous owners had left and added another level so they could use the remnants of the structure instead of building a new one. There is one burial you missed. In strata A there was a tomb that was dug where a child was placed in a casket like structure. This shows that those living in the area are closer to present day by having the same burial ceremony like today. This supports the first principle by the highest layer being the most recent period.

  2. While I came to many of the same conclusions as you, you did not discuss hardly any examples that would show how you came to this conclusion. For example, in your answer to five you believe the right side of the wall of older but you offered no examples to show that the left side is younger. You believed that there is signs of mixing and filling above the wall layers because of their artifacts but that after F this does not occur. By your own argument and the evidence that of similar artifact types between the different layers of the wall it is possible to conclude that one side of the wall might have mixing as well, but you did not see this.

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