Discuss Mapping and interpreting the spatial relationships between artifacts and features within a site are important parts of doing archaeology.

Archaeologists make interpretations of how people lived in the past using the material remains they left behind. We can look at large structures, such as the buildings on a college campus, or the sidewalks that cut paths between the buildings – the immobile evidence of human activity called features. We can also look at the smaller, mobile objects that people have made and used – artifacts – such as the can of Coke someone threw in the trash can or the chair someone pulled out to sit down at a table. Mapping and interpreting the spatial relationships between artifacts and features within a site are important parts of doing archaeology. In this first Major Assignment, you will create a broad site map, a test unit map, and apply an archaeological mindset to interpret your maps.

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