Archaeological Sites Research Paper

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Archeological sites can be found in locations around the world. Whether they are discovered or not, that is why archaeologists wake up every day. Some sites are never found or have yet to be found by archaeologists, but not all sites are found by archaeologists. Sites can be discovered by the natural forces, such as the area being eroded by the natural force. My paper describes the archaeological sites that were buried due water levels rising, yet uncovered due to the water levels dropping. When these sites were discovered, they disproved a theory about ancient people only living on the edge of the wetlands in Soconusco Coastal Plain, Chiapas, Mexico (Voorhies 1995).
The idea was that the people that used to inhabit this area were only limited to the coast of Chiapas, Mexico. The edge of the coast was surveyed and that is when the archaeological sites were found, but a future survey of the area that led to an inland search proved to be a great discovery in the archaeological record. Artificial islands were made by river cuts and the sites were discovered by the fluvial process (Voorhies 1995). The fluvial process uncovered sites, but they also buried many. As water rose up, debris was moved from the top of the river all the way down
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Each process has its ups and downs with its contribution to archeological sites and what lies in those sites. The fluvial process moved artifacts, yet due to strong currents, many sites could have been destroyed and it is impossible to know how many. This location goes to show how weather impacts archaeological sites majorly. Since the weather can uncover and cover potential sites, archaeologists always have to adjust their methods of approach to the sites that they do get to. Some sites will never be discovered due to constant weathering, but they each contribute to the archaeological

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