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89 ture out of the private Graeco-Roman villa. Turning now to the bearing of archaeology on various NEW HORIZONS IN HISTORY 31 branches of historical science, we may select first the subject of The demography, or the state and movement of population. best recent illustration of applicability here is furnished by in Transjordan since 1933. In six years its Nelson Glueck's work he has traversed all southern and central Transjordan repeatedly, recording all ancient sites and dating their occupation from surface remains, mainly potsherds.
Given as well as with correct etymologies from which erhave confirmed mologies, it FROM THE STONE AGE TO CHRISTIANITY 18 roneous or undemonstrable deductions have been made. Actu- no competent lexicographer in any language fixes the precise meaning of a word by its etymology but rather by collecting as many passages where the word occurs as possible or practicable and by listing all meanings and shades of meaning ally, Words change their meaning through use to such an extent that the etymological method of fixing significance is only employed as a last resort, where other evidence is inadequate.
The systematic archaeologist is thus forced to employ two divergent principles at almost every step in his work: stratigraphy, or the study of the relation of objects to the layers or deposits in which they are found and the relation of these deposits to one another; typology, or the classification of objects according to types, following taxonomic methods, and the comparison of objects belonging to a type with one another, in order to determine chronological, geographical, and technical relation- The principle of stratigraphy involves induction and ships.
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