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ethnoarchaeology

[eth-noh-ahr-kee-ol-uh-jee] /ˌɛθ noʊˌɑr kiˈɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the branch of archaeology that studies contemporary primitive cultures and technologies as a way of providing analogies and thereby patterns for prehistoric cultures.
Also, ethnoarcheology.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; ethno- + archaeology
Related forms
ethnoarchaeologist, noun
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  • ethnoarchaeology: hunter-gatherer ecology and social organization, decision making.
  • Steve also uses ethnoarchaeology in his investigations.
Contemporary definitions for ethnoarchaeology
noun

the scientific study of societal groups, esp. for understanding the behavioral relationships which underlie the production of material culture

Word Origin

ethno- 'culture' + archaeology

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