Systemized Collaboration of Scientists: A doorstep to Success in Archaeological Investigation
Dong Hoon Shin
Bioanthropology and Paleopathology Lab, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea
Modern archaeology could not be made on simple digging and subsequent analysis of cultural remains. Rather, various kinds of scientific techniques have been applied to reconstruct the ancient people’s life much vividly. For the past several decades, many of scientists tried to reveal the information remained hidden in the samples from the archaeological sites, using the techniques of ancient DNA and stable isotope analyses, geological and pollen analyses, gross structural and chemical examinations, radiological analysis etc. By archaeological scientists’ efforts, each analysis has become very efficient tool for archaeology, providing invaluable information that could not be obtained by any of conventional studies. However, for making the scientific studies on archaeological samples much efficiently, ‘systemization of each analysis tool’ looks very important. In fact, close cooperation between each scientist studying on the same case must be done for the success in archaeological investigations. In-depth discussions between archeologists and scientists could guarantee a series of analysis to be done harmoniously, but strictly in order of priority, until the final conclusion could be drawn from the archaeological case.