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the methodology of archaeological exploration and analysis.

You have now finished Eric Cline’s short book on the methodology of archaeological exploration and analysis. Much of the subject matter in the study of Greek and Roman art overlaps with what is called Classical Archaeology, so much so that it can be difficult to tell them apart. For instance, my graduate degrees are in Classical Archaeology, but most of my own scholarship deals with Greek and Roman sculpture, and I have not worked on an excavation for decades. Yet I constantly use information produced by field archaeologists in my research.
Discussion questions: Aside from the issues in ch. 5, on which you wrote in an earlier unit, how has the greater insight into the processes of discovery, study, analysis, and synthesis that constitute the work of Classical archaeologists enhanced your approach to your study of the arts of Classical civilization so far?
In what ways does the work of archaeologists enhance our understanding of the sculpture, painting, architecture and other arts of the Classical world?
What specific monuments are better understood because of their contributions?