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Book: The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant

Chapter: 12. What is a phase and a stratum?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.27859


Archaeologists work to reconstruct the past by organizing their findings in a variety of ways. Ancient cities are reconstructed as they once existed in unique “snapshots” called strata or phases. This essay explains what stratigraphy is and how it is used to explain the history of a site.

Chapter Contributors

  • Eric Welch ( - ewelch) 'University of Kansas'