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Human Error In Archeology Essay

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The dangers of human error surround us all, but they cannot be avoided; it is inevitable. As I have gone through my high school career I have thought, though I know realize it is a very elementary thought, that science is one of the most stable curriculum and thus not susceptible to human error. I was very wrong.
This week in my science class, Reading and Writing Science, we studied Archeology. Archeology is a field that requires the background information of history and the scientific methods of science. This profession, like most others, is very susceptible to the dangerous of human error. Through my own experience in class after viewing seven, foreign pictures, I have learnt that ...view middle of the document...

In addition, I just noticed that there is a necklace or something that looks like a necklace on the chest of this person. In addition, there is a black circle that is by the cheek and ear of the remains. Perhaps that is a large earring? I'm not sure though. The bones, especially the arms, are detached and broken. Now this could just be because of decay or this could be how the person died. Maybe the person lost his or her arms and died accordingly. Because I did not think they were essential, I left out of my observation that there were, in the top right hand corner, there were objects that looked something like gloves shaped into hands. I learnt that these objects were cloth for the lady’s hands made from a special mineral. The person who buried the lady dearly loved her. For the artifacts that surrounded her demonstrate their love. By omitting this information, my observation was discredited. I had left out a key fact that shows us the lady was sincerely loved, of much importance to others of the time, and thus respectfully buried. After I realized how important it is in archeology to note everything you observe at a site because everything can help solve the puzzle of who the person was. Unfortunately, omission was not the only error I made in my observations.
Another instance where I found human error in my observations was in my unconscious prejudice and cultural assumptions on the deceased individuals. In picture four my observations, because of my cultural assumptions, were completely wrong. To be honest they were not...

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