The Archaeologist's Field Handbook: North American Edition

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The Archaeologist's Field Handbook: North American edition is a hands-on manual that provides step-by-step guidance for archaeological fieldwork. Specially designed for students (both undergraduate and graduate) and avocational archaeologists, this informative guide combines clear and accessible information on doing fieldwork with practical advice on cultural heritage management projects. The Archaeologist's Field Handbook present's firmly grounded (pun intended!), essential, practical archaeological techniques and clearly elucidates the ethical issues facing archaeology today. A wealth of diagrams, photos, maps, and checklists show in vivid detail how to design, fund, research, map, record, interpret, photograph, and present archaeological surveys and excavations. The Archaeologist's Field Handbook is an indispensable tool for new end aspiring archaeologist's as they venture into the field.
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Editorial Reviews

...some wonderful bits...
— L. L. Johnson, Vassar College
South African Archaeological Bulletin
I enjoyed this book and it fills a gap in academic reading for students…. I believe this to be a good book for students of archaeology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and an interesting read for those fascinated by the mechanics of archaeology…. This book has a most definite place on South African archaeology bookshelves as well as its target readership of North America.
...some wonderful bits...
— L. L. Johnson, Vassar College
CHOICE - L. L. Johnson
...some wonderful bits...
It is a hands-on field manual that provies a step-by-step guide to undertaking and successfully completing a wide variety of archaeological fieldwork projects. The book is intended not only for archaeologists; explores firmly grounded, essential, practical techniques and elucidates the ethical issues facing archaeology today. The title is illustrated with diagrams, photos, photographs, and presents surveys and excavations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759108837
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 10/9/2008
  • Edition description: North American Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,542,370
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Burke is a senior lecturer in the department of Anthropology at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia and has many years' experience as a consulting archaeologist.Claire Smith is President of the World Archaeological Congress and a research professor at the Institute of the Advanced Study for Humanity, the University of Newcastle, Australia.Larry J. Zimmerman is a professor of anthropology and museum studies and Public Scholar of Native American Representation at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis and Eiteljorg Museum.

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Table of Contents

1 Preparing for fieldwork 1
2 Navigation, mapping, and life in the field 27
3 Finding sites 67
4 Site survey and mapping 95
5 Basic excavation techniques 129
6 Recording historic sites 187
7 Recording precontact and early postcontact sites 223
8 Managing cultural heritage 263
9 Photography and illustration 289
10 Getting your results out there: writing, publication, and interpretation 343 App. A Sample recording forms 379 App. B Rim diameter chart 395 App. C Sample press release 397 App. D Interpretation project planner 399 App. E Checklists for tables, figures, references, and literature reviews 403 App. F Detailed checklists for CHM/consultancy reports 407 Index 411
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