One of the recurrent themes during the class is that the archaeological record h

One of the recurrent themes during the class is that the archaeological record has both scientific and cultural values. Drawing upon the lectures or readings in Weeks 9 and 10 or the material discussed in sections in Weeks 8 and 10, describe one example of the scientific value of archaeological sites/artifacts (i.e., what does the archaeological study of those sites/artifacts tell us about the past and why is their study important for understanding human society) and one example of the cultural value of archaeological sites/artifacts for modern descendant populations (i.e., why those sites/artifacts are important in the cultural practices and identities of descendant populations today). You may draw on different examples to describe each type of value and should only use examples discussed in the course. One way to think about this essay is to imagine you were trying to explain the scientific and cultural value of archaeology to someone who had never taken an archaeological course.

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