Archaeological survey of Asia

Of whether Archaeology is a separate discipline or just a small part of Anthropology its subjects are hot topics in education which merely study or deal with prehistoric natives of one region and its culture. And when we speak of the latter, Asia is a great subject—enriched with culture and tradition brought from ancient times onward.

Human evolution is in sync around the globe. If one group from the region started from Stone Age, it went the same with the rest. But cultural evolution is entirely different which can be seen not just through practices, human behavior  but also by the establishments around them. The Ibiza churches, for instance, are not the ecclesiastical type common to churches from somewhere else. They are built in stronghold commemorating it as a place of refuge from pirates that were once attacking the island. But when we speak of strictly cultural, we see Asia as more enriched in this aspect than that of the others. In fact, in this large continent dwell a hundreds to thousands of ethnicities taking pride of their respective cultures that remain preserved and practiced at present times. Archaeological survey of Asia will not just speak of artifacts and prehistoric events but will also take into consideration the native products in the area that take a huge part in culture and tradition of one ethnic group. The coconut for skin that we are using nowadays is the same coconut that prehistoric people used as healing treatment. Only now, it has been treated with other chemicals or substance to enhance its benefits while long ago, along with it were chants and spells to cure an illness.

Surveying through the landscape of Asia is not confined to its vastness alone. The neighbouring regions will be taken into consideration, as well, to determine the influences that led to a practice, rite, or to any discovery from archive, or a good known to the region since time immemorial that is still heralded as an important contributor to the economy to-date like the distribution of ceramics in Southwest Asia. Aside from the actual investigation, Archaeologists keep on reading relevant materials to maximize the availability of information and make use of them prior to excavation. Excavating an area for a possible discovery of a search is the next step to survey.

Surveying Asia for Archaeological practice makes use of modern gadgets like satellite imagery. This is done prior to actual visit of a target location or even after for remote sensing follow-up for what has already been studied, initially. There are movie trailers that can be located in the web that show how remote sensing is done and how it benefits many Scientists and Archaeologists. These two aforementioned disciplines are always intertwined in functions which made some assume that archaeology is a Science rather than Humanity.