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ethnoarchaeology

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Pronunciation: /ˌɛθnəʊɑːkɪˈɒlədʒi
 
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Definition of ethnoarchaeology in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The study of the social organization and other ethnological features of present-day societies on the basis of their material culture, in order to draw conclusions about past societies from their material remains.
Example sentences
  • A related but less active approach to this kind of work has been dubbed ‘ethnoarchaeology’.
  • The idea of ethnoarchaeology can be a very helpful and intriguing tool to the archaeologist when there is a lack of archaeological evidence to support an idea or theory.
  • This can be partially achieved through ethnoarchaeology, which compares patterns discerned in archaeological contexts with those recorded in traditional rural societies.

Derivatives

ethnoarchaeological

1
Pronunciation: /-kɪəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
adjective
Example sentences
  • These have considered the antiquity of the technology and its distribution, uses, associated social conditions, and means of archaeological identification, including ethnoarchaeological analyses.
  • The conceptual gap lies between the material remains of the past and the intentions and actions of humans who created them, and it is argued that it can be bridged through the use of ethnographic and ethnoarchaeological analogy.
  • Modern hunter-gatherers became the focus of ethnoarchaeological studies to verify our interpretation of the ‘adaptational’ relationship between society and the environment.

ethnoarchaeologist

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Ethnoarchaeologists focus on the present interactions of people with materials in order to understand the formation, patterns, and meaning of the archaeological record.
  • As an ethnoarchaeologist, listening is my most important job.

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