Michael Deal

Michael Deal
Memorial University of Newfoundland · Department of Archeology

PhD
Precontact archaeology (Maritime Provinces); Ethnoarchaeology; WWI aviation archaeology

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September 1986 - September 2018
Memorial University of Newfoundland
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Publications (22)
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The direct historical approach, which draws cultural links between the historic and prehistoric past at specific locations, has a longstanding, and at times controversial, history in archaeological interpretation. Evidence from this and related approaches, such as ethnohistorical reconstruction, historical linguistics, oral tradition, and native fo...
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World War II aviation archaeology is a dynamic subfield of conflict archaeology, which has developed through the need to conserve twentieth-century military heritage resources. Like battlefield archaeology (Pollard and Banks, 2005: iii-vii), it has only recently emerged as a credible area of academic study. Theoretical development in both areas has...
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Dean Arnold’s latest book adopts an ecological approach to ceramic studies, which relates the production, use and discard of ceramics to broader sociocultural and environmental contexts. It is an important case study in ceramic ethnoarchaeology, with relevance to our understanding of the development of craft specialization in antiquity. Arnold puts...
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Ethnoarchaeological case studies, primarily from Mexico and Cyprus, are used to characterize domestic pottery production and the role of the individual potter and potting household. It is argued here that archaeologically relevant data, drawn from ethnographic and ethnoarchaeological research, can be used to model production activities and to explo...
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This chapter presents a tentative reconstruction of late prehistoric plant use for the western Minas Basin area of Nova Scotia (Figure 13-1), based on paleoethnobotanical research at four sites spread across the region. The work described here is part of a more comprehensive program that began in the late 1980s (Deal 1990; Godfrey-Smith et al. 1997...
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Using the classic thermoluminescence (TL) dating technique for fired ceramic materials, we have obtained the first direct ages for five ceramic artifacts recovered from BfDa-1, a prehistoric archaeological site located in St. Croix, southcentral Nova Scotia. BfDa-1 is the only archaeological site in Nova Scotia to produce the full range of ceramic...
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Women's status in preindustrial communities has been the focus of a number of studies in the past two decades. However, very few of these studies deal exclusively with hunter/gatherers, and none of the hunter/gatherer studies combine empirical tests with explanations. Because of a number of differences with settled agricultural villagers, hunter/ga...
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Depositional theory concerns the relationship between depositional behavior and material culture. The ethnoarchaeologist has the opportunity to study this relationship in ongoing communities. Some understanding of the content and spatial patterning of discarded material culture, in terms of the predictability of and major behavioral factors contrib...
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Ethnoarchaeological research has made valuable contributions towards our understanding of the functional variation of specific artifacts and features. The use of spiked vessel-forms among modern Maya groups, as well as the depictions of spiked vessels in the surviving Maya codices, suggest that spiked vessels have served a relatively wider range of...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--Simon Fraser University, 1983. Includes bibliography.

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