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Virtual Dig: A Simulated Archaeological Excavation of a Middle Paleolithic Site in France epub ebook

by Shannon P. McPherron,Barbara J. Roth,Harold Lewis Dibble

Virtual Dig: A Simulated Archaeological Excavation of a Middle Paleolithic Site in France epub ebook

Author: Shannon P. McPherron,Barbara J. Roth,Harold Lewis Dibble
Category: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Mayfield Pub Co; Bk&CD-Rom edition (April 1999)
Pages: 148 pages
ISBN: 0767402456
ISBN13: 978-0767402453
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 799
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The book and program simulate an actual excavation at a Middle Paleolithic site called Combe-Capelle in southern France, not far from Le Moustier, which gave the Mousterian tool tradition its name.

The book and program simulate an actual excavation at a Middle Paleolithic site called Combe-Capelle in southern France, not far from Le Moustier, which gave the Mousterian tool tradition its name. The original inhabitants were Neanderthal, and they produced a variety of tools for which Francois Bordes, the early expert on the Lower and Middle Paleolithic, provides a hierachy of 63 types. That is the core (no pun intended) of this program's problems-it is too complex for the beginning student. The book has some value.

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Virtual Dig: A Simulated Archaeological Excavation of a Middle Paleolithic Site in France. TL dates for the Middle Paleolithic site of Combe-Capelle Bas, France". Journal of Archaeological Science. 1016/s0305-4403(03)00039-6. Mayfield Press, Mountain View, Calif. McPherron, S. and . Farrand, and A. Debénath. Taphonomy and the concept of Paleolithic cultures: The case of the Tayacian from Fontéchevade. PaleoAnthropology:1-21.

Dibble, Harold . McPherron, Shannon; Roth, Barbara Virtual Dig: A Simulated Archaeological Excavation of a. . McPherron, Shannon; Roth, Barbara Virtual Dig: A Simulated Archaeological Excavation of a Middle Paleolithic Site in France, with Student CD-ROM (Win-PC only). ISBN 13: 9780072824766. Virtual Dig: A Simulated Archaeological Excavation of a Middle Paleolithic Site in France, with Student CD-ROM (Win-PC only). Dibble, Harold . McPherron, Shannon; Roth, Barbara.

Download Virtual Dig: A Simulated Archaeological Excavation of a Middle Paleolithic Site in Fran PDF. Bradley Santiago. The Late Middle Palaeolithic in Southwest France: New TL data for the sequence of Pech de l'Azé IV. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Calif. xiii+144 (workbook/text) and CD-ROM. Quaternary International. 140. in press El Hajraoui, . H. Dibble, D. Olszewski, and U. Schurmans Lithic Assemblages from Contrebandiers, Témara: Preliminary Results from New Excavations. Shannon P. McPherron, and Barbara Roth 2002 Virtual Dig: A Simulated Archaeological Excavation of a. McPherron, and Barbara Roth 2002 Virtual Dig: A Simulated Archaeological Excavation of a Middle Paleolithic Site in France. 2nd ed. Mayfield Publishing C. Mountain View, California. Component a cultural deposit at a single archaeological site representative of a local culture, usually including more than one individual occupation or level; most sites have multiple components, often difficult to separate. Cross–section vertical view of a feature or structure achieved by digging half of it at a time, or by trenching; usually done to draw a profile.

Virtual Dig: A Simulated Archaeological Excavation of a Middle Palaeolothic Site in France . Dibble, . McPherron, . Roth Simsbury, CT: Mayfield Publishing Company, 1999.

This combination of workbook and CD-ROM functions as a virtual field school that gives students the opportunity to carry out an excavation using real data. Based on excavations at the Middle Paleolithic site of Combe-Capelle in France, the exercises included in Virtual Dig ask students to access the CD's database to analyze and interpret findings.
Reviews (4)
Talvinl
Interested in what it's like to participate in an archaeological dig? Can't take a month or two off of work to volunteer at a site? This book/CD combo is for you, with one qualification: This is not a book you can just browse or even sit down and read from cover to cover. (If you do that, I suspect you may find it boring.) The CD (that's the 'virtual' part) is indispensable. However, to work through the assignments (highly recommended) will take you about a semester's worth of work. With that in mind, it's a great introduction to archaeological excavation.

VariesWent
Any introductory archaeology class should have a lab or lablike simulation. This book represents a good idea--simulate an actual excavation--but the book and CD program are pitched well beyond the introductory level.
The book and program simulate an actual excavation at a Middle Paleolithic site called Combe-Capelle in southern France, not far from Le Moustier, which gave the Mousterian tool tradition its name. The original inhabitants were Neanderthal, and they produced a variety of tools for which Francois Bordes, the early expert on the Lower and Middle Paleolithic, provides a hierachy of 63 types. That is the core (no pun intended) of this program's problems--it is too complex for the beginning student.
The book has some value. Dibble and associates are to be congratulated for a not-bad replication of an actual excavation, and they have perceived a need for such a program at colleges that cannot budget for an archaeology lab.
Unfortunately, Dibble and his colleagues go too quickly into the complexities of the site without first laying a solid groundwork for a good excavation: mapping a site, excavating with various tools, explaining in detail why each tool (from dental pick to trowel to backhoe) should be selected, and the rudimentary elements of archaeological analysis.
Instead, the book charges into the more advanced topics at te outset. The student learns, or tries to learn the finer points of Bordes's tool typology in Chapter 2, and then, on page 13, is treated to a brief introduction to the Charantian Mousterian and its two subvariants, the Quina and the La Ferrassie Mousterian. So goes the rest of the book; by Chapter 20, the student is scratching his/her head over character and numeric values with nary an introduction to statistics.
The fundamentals are scattered here and yon. We do not get down to site charting until Chapter 5, after a chapter on the finer points of research design, long before the students have some notion as to what is to be researched. Stone attributes are not covered until Chapter 16. Types of excavation tools take up less than a page of description, and we get little idea as to when to use a dental pick and when to drag out a backhoe. We are expected to know what kind of a crew to recruit in Chapter 8, what vehicles to get in Chapter 9 (all from a French company), and what should go into a budget in Chapter 10--before we know what we are to budget for.
In sum, the book has value, but the instructor planning to use this text has a lot of reorganizing to do--not to mention excising of that material more appropriate to upper division courses--before springing Virtual Dig on first- or second-year students.

Molace
Required reading for under-grad taking Archaeology as a degree. The companies service as well as the quality of the merchandise was every bit what was promised. If this quality is the standard for this book store, I will order again from this company.

Mitynarit
Good Book - Still have it years later. The computer program was a bit difficult and frustrating to use, but the point was good enough for learning. I hope a updated version is out by now that isn't as antiquated as this version (computer technology evolves so rapidly that this might soon be seriously out of date).

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