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assemblage
CATEGORY: artifact; term
DEFINITION: A group of objects of different or similar types found in close association with each other and thus considered to be the product of one people from one period of time. Where the assemblage is frequently repeated and covers a reasonably full range of human activity, it is described as a culture; where it is repeated but limited in content, e.g. flint tools only (a set of objects in one medium), it is called an industry. When a group of industries are found together in a single archaeological context, it is called an assemblage. Such a group characterizes a certain culture, era, site, or phase and it is the sum of all subassemblages. Assemblage examples are artifacts from a site or feature.
death assemblage
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: The population of carcasses when members of a life assemblage die.
deposited assemblage
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: Set of carcasses or body parts deposited on a site.
fossil assemblage
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: The part of a deposited assemblage that survives in a site or locality until discovery.
life assemblage
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: The living community of animals from which fossils are derived.
sample assemblage
CATEGORY: fauna
DEFINITION: The portion of the fossil assemblage that has been excavated or collected and then analyzed.
subassemblage
CATEGORY: term; technique
DEFINITION: A grouping or association of artifacts, based on form and functional criteria. A subassemblage is assumed to represent a single occupational group within a prehistoric community.

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