The Archaeological Survey Manual / Edition 1

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Changes in the legal landscape of heritage management in recent decades have forced a dramatic change in the practice of archaeological surveying. Reacting to public and private development, the surveyor now is expected to accurately inventory and assess the cultural resources of a region and provide guidance for their preservation and management. Gregory G. White and Thomas F. King have distilled decades of experience in survey work to provide students, field novices, and land managers with a handy introduction to the strategies, methods, and logic of contemporary practice. In addition to explaining the legal and historical context for this endeavor, the book provides a heavily illustrated practical guide to the nuts and bolts of conducting a survey. This included everything from what equipment to bring into the field to how to read a compass. The volume is a perfect reference for an archaeological methods class, field school, or research library.

About the Author:
Gregory G. White is director of the Archaeological Research Program at California State University, Chico

About the Author:
Thomas F. King is an archaeological consultant and workshop leader for SWCA Environmental Consultants

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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: 663,733
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (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 and Definitions     1
A Short History of Archaeological Survey in North America     7
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
Being Responsible     135
References Cited     145
Index     149
About the Authors
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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