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eaustinpowell

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Hello everybody,

I have a basic question that I can't seem to find the answer to, and was hoping someone on cartotalk might be able to help.

Is there a word for the three point triangle used to denote archaeological sites? I see this symbol, .˙. , all the time, but no one seems to know what it is called...

Thanks!

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I'd probably just say "ruins symbol." Or "archaeological site symbol."
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I agree with Dennis, although technically it's the Therefore sign
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I am wondering how the "therefore" symbol became associated with archeological sites?


Perhaps it went something like this: "people used to live here and then they all died .˙. there is an archeological site here." :lol: :lol:

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Maybe it meant "there before"? :rolleyes:

Interesting - according to the article it's also used on Japanese maps to indicate a tea plantation.
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A quick search on wiki gives this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Therefore_symbol

Interesting reading.
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I believe what you are referring to is known as a 'site datum' symbol. I am obviously not certain but I did take some modules in underwater archaeology when I was at university, though that was in England.

Hope that helps




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