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p. 586. Settlement and societylocked

  • Paul Bahn

Abstract

An important aspect of archaeology is determining where people lived, or what kind of settlement they lived in. Finding this out helps archaeologists to address the more complex questions about how they lived and related to each other. ‘Settlement and society’ defines the notion of ‘site’ and explains that not every site found is necessarily a dwelling place. Dwelling places can usually be detected by the existence of a number of features and artefacts. Lots of things can be detected by examining sites, including graves and public monuments, to discover levels of wealth, available facilities, and status.

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