Four Stone Hearth #98 Is Up

Raymond Ho has the 98th edition of the anthropology carnival Four Stone Hearth up at The Prancing Papio. While I found all his selections abnormally interesting, something really struck me about Martin Rundk’s post Future Archaeology of Gaming. When we think of seeding an excavation, we generally think of a kind of vandalism where someone purposely introduces something that is really out of context, often anachronistic, into an ongoing excavation for fun or fame. Under the leadership of a now well-known field archeologist, I was once involved in a reverse seeding. We attempted to unexcavated a newly open area. But that is another story. My question is, did ancients ever spread around out of context junk on the then exposed services of abandoned sites? Did they ever rearrange the remains of an abandoned place without really reusing them? I don’t mean that they might have done it just to confound archeologists thousands of years later. Perhaps they did it for more innocent reasons, say, while hunting around to see if anything of value could be salvaged or just using an abandoned site as a good place to discard their own trash. How could we tell? How much would it matter?
Take a look at Raymond’s carnival but be sure to link through and see what Martins did and what he says.

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