Assemblage (archaeology)


Assemblage (archaeology)

An assemblage is an archaeological term meaning a group of different artifacts found in association with one another, that is, in the same context. According to Renfrew and Bahn (1996, p. 539), an assemblage is a group of artifacts recurring together at a particular time and place, and representing the sum of human activities.

Where similar assemblages are found to be consistently present within a limited time period and area, they can be said to represent a culture. Where the content of the assemblages relates only to one product, they are more correctly termed an industry.

References

Renfrew, Colin and Bahn, Paul (1996). "Archaeology. Theories, Methods, and Practice". London: Thames and Hudson Ltd.

ee also

*Dating methodology (archaeology)
*Seriation (archaeology)
*Small finds
*Artifact (archaeology)
*Excavation
*Archaeological field survey
*Archaeological culture


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