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Experimental Archaeology: A New Outlook

Stephen C. Saraydar and Izumi Shimada
American Antiquity
Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul., 1973), pp. 344-350
DOI: 10.2307/279722
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/279722
Page Count: 7
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Experimental Archaeology: A New Outlook
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Abstract

The potential contributions which imitative experiments can make to archaeology are far greater in scope, complexity, and overall "value" than is commonly realized. A sketch of some of these potential contributions is given and, in support of the claims advanced, a method of measuring the efficiency of hand operated implements is described and then applied in a comparison of different agricultural practices. The results show that experiments can provide important data unobtainable by traditional research methods and aid in the analysis of past subsistence and technological systems.

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