The problem with gaining an understanding of the Predynastic comes from the lack of written records to produce factual knowledge of that time period. We all know that it’s difficult to understand the form and use of objects of prehistoric times because of their lack of abundance and because the user of that time is not present to explain its use.So Anthropologist came up with a method to relatively place culture in a chronological order. Is the Predynastic culture misrepresented or is sequence dating accurately representing the history of that time. Flinders Petrie came up with the sequence dating method which relatively dated material.The lecture led me to discuss how Petrie came up with his method. What Petrie did was ” take pots, grouped, and ordered them in what he PERCIEVED to be in sequence by style; looking at decoration and form” (according to the lecture).
My questions may arise from my lack of thorough knowledge of Petrie method, but how did he decide which styles, trends, and form came from each period? Is some biases produced when he was categorizing these materials? Another issue that comes from hearing Petrie Methodology is; How are cultures classified? According to the lecture Egyptian culture now varies and lower Egypt culture is different from Upper Egypt culture. With sequence dating material is collected from numerous sites but with the same culture. Where did Petrie collect from? Can we say that the culture in lower and upper Egypt was the same or was it different during Predynastic times. Again these questions may come from my lack of knowledge of Petries methodology but these are the questions that arise when I study prehistoric times. Sequence dating is used alot and Petries method is considered the most advanced. When sharing knowledge it is important information is accurate.