The Archaeological Survey Manual / Edition 1

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Overview

Governmental guidelines have forced a dramatic change in the practice of archaeological surveying in recent decades. In response to public and private development, surveying is needed to accurately inventory the cultural resources of a region and provide guidance for their preservation and management. Greg White and Tom King provide a handy introduction to students, field novices, and land managers on the strategies, methods, and logic of contemporary survey work. In addition to providing the legal and historical context for this endeavor the book provides a heavily illustrated, practical guide to conducting a survey to help beginners understand how it works in practice. This volume is perfect for an archaeological methods class, field school, or reference collection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598740097
  • Publisher: Left Coast Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 525,400
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory G. White is director of the Archaeological Research Program at California State University, Chico, and a member of the board of the Society for California Archaeology.Thomas F. King is one of the leading consultants in cultural resources management in the United States. He teaches dozens of workshops each year on this topic for SWCA Environmental Consultants and is author of many major books in the field including, Saving Places that Matter (2007), Cultural Resource Laws and Practice (2004) and Federal Planning and Historic Places (2000). Former staff member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, he has been in the heritage management business for four decades.

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Table of Contents


Introduction
Introduction and Definitions     1
A Short History of Archaeological Survey in North America     7
Equipment
Gearing Up for Archaeological Survey     15
Compass Features and Use     21
Map Use 1: Basics and Orienteering     29
Map Use 2: The PLSS     43
Map Use 3: Coordinate Systems     51
GPS in the Field     61
Field Work
Prefield Research and Survey Design     69
Types of Archaeological Field Survey     85
Archaeological Field Survey Methods     101
Adapting Methods to Purpose     115
Archaeological Site Documentation     119
Professionalism
Being Responsible     135
References Cited     145
Index     149
About the Authors
Appendices
State Archaeological Survey Standards, Guidelines, and Forms Websites
Example Archaeological Site Record Form
Example Archaeological Survey Tracking and Organization Forms
Example Archaeological Survey Field Notes
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  • Posted May 21, 2009

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    Great book from someone who knows what being in the field is like.

    I currently work with Dr. White on an archaeology project in northern Nevada and I can tell you that he certainly lives and works by everything in his book. Dr. White is very knowledgeable concerning field work and the most efficient way to complete an archaeological survey. I highly recommend this book for anyone that wants to learn the right way to do field survey and for anyone that wants to learn some new tips and tricks that could make their lives easier.

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