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Francesco Menotti

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571017

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199571017.001.0001

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True or False? Learning via Experiments

True or False? Learning via Experiments

(p.281) 7 True or False? Learning via Experiments
Wetland Archaeology and Beyond

Francesco Menotti

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the key role of experimental archaeology in wetland archaeology. Experimental archaeology can help identify, test, and understand the function and technology of archaeological objects. There are three main levels of experiment: the lowest, when the artefacts are reproduced for purely aesthetic reasons without concern for the construction process; the second level, placing the emphasis on the process of production and manufacture; and the ‘highest’ level, which is concerned with the presumptive (or definite) purpose(s) of the artefacts, their use, and manipulation. A fourth level, which is increasingly becoming part of the experimental process, crosses the boundaries of physical archaeological evidence and makes the human agency that made the objects the focus of the experiment.

Keywords:   wetland archaeology, Experimental archaeology, experimental process, artefacts, human agency

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