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Stratigraphy

- in archaeology, the study of the sequence of deposits and features eg floors, pits, middens etc produced by human activity, and their relation to one another which shows how the site has been used and occupied over time. Objects which are found in this sequence are stratified and can be related to the activities on site. Objects which are found lying on the surface (or in a skip) are unstratified, and though interesting in themselves are much harder to relate to the site.