Your assignment for this week is to write a short essay (750-1000 words) comparing the ethnographic and archaeological records of Oregon that includes the following:
Select at least one of the HNAI readings (see attached readings) and make some predictions about what aspects of these cultures you would expect to find evidence for in the archaeological record.
Describe at least 2 specific types of artifacts, features, ecofacts, site types, and/or other aspects of these cultures you would expect to preserve and not preserve in the archaeological record.
- After generating these predictions, compare your expectations with what is known about the archaeological record of the culture area you choose (using material from the lectures and textbook chapters).
Critically discuss the correspondence between the ethnographic and archaeological records, some limitations of the archaeological record, and the use of ethnographic data for helping us understanding and interpret the archaeological past.
- You must include both in-text citations and a bibliography for all sources you reference, including lecture material. You will be graded on writing quality, so be sure to check spelling, grammar, and sentence clarity.
- HNAI (Handbook of North American Indians) readings see attached file.
- And Oregon Archaeology, Ch. 2 – Pages 31-80