We derive understanding of a site and its society from a perspective approach and from the intersection of observation and analysis.
Interpretations can refresh our knowledge of sites and ancient societies. These hypotheses – supported, argued and demonstrated, and factoring in their limitations – are nevertheless dependent on the context of the research in which they were proposed. They develop at different scales and can be complementary.
For example, in the history of prehistoric research, early research efforts focused on the timing and sequence of occupations, whereas today they include an analysis of societies in their territories and therefore the functional or cultural relations between sites.