Since there was no dissertation weekly last week, I am doing two this week and as an added bonus this entry will consist of three sentences. My last post was on the details of the pottery from the Middle Bronze Age. I thought I should quote from my methodology chapter and explain to those who don’t already know why pottery is so important.
All of these reports use what is typically called in archaeology the “comparative” approach. The pottery excavated from the site will be compared with that from other sites with known chronologies. After a date can be assigned to the sherds, the loci they were found in can all be assigned to a particular phase, and from these phases the overall stratigraphy of the site can be determined (Dever 1978; Herr and Christopherson 1998).