Photo Credit: Karen L. Monsen
LOCATION CONTEXT To prove authenticity, art dealers follow the provenance—the chain of prior ownership or custody. Archaeologists also seek provenience—physical information where artifacts were found, including nearby habitation and campsites, storage pits, landscape features, plants, and food sources. From the context, an archaeologist might make a conclusion about seeds that were from a plant known to be used for food. If the seeds were found at a prehistoric archeological site, they were either planted at the site or brought there deliberately; but if a cache, prehistoric bag, or pot is found with seeds, it’s more obvious that they were stored at the site for a reason, such as for food or for future planting.
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