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Overview

How can you ensure that you are learning everything your artifacts have to teach you? Charles Ewen explores a variety of methods and techniques used to prepare, protect, and analyze artifacts once they are in the lab. In brief, user-friendly sections, he outlines the basic principles of identification, classification, quantification, data manipulation, and analysis. Students will find that Ewen's suggestions point out fruitful areas of analysis, yet do not dictate the researcher's approach. Examples drawn from 16th century Spanish sites in the Americas introduce students to the hows and whys of archaeological lab work.

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Not designed as a step-by-step guide, this volume aims to stimulate the reader into thinking more deeply about artefacts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759100220
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Series: Archaeologist's Toolkit Series , #4
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Series Editors' Foreword Part 2 Preface Part 3 PART ONE Part 4 Chapter 1: Introduction Part 5 Chapter 2: Material Assemblage Chapter 6 Artifacts / Ecofacts / Context / Prehistoric / Range of Material Part 7 Chapter 3: Artifacts and Archaeological Theory Chapter 8 Culture History / Processual / Post-processual / Cultural Resource Management Part 9 PART TWO: Preparing for Analysis Part 10 Chapter 4: Excavating Artifacts Chapter 11 Recording Context / Collecting Part 12 Chapter 5: Processing Chapter 13 Artifact Check-In / Cleaning / Rough Sorting Part 14 Chapter 6: Cataloging Chapter 15 Accessioning / Inventory / Labeling Part 16 Chapter 7: Further Preparation Chapter 17 Reconstruction and Cross-Mending / Conservation / Photography Part 18 PART THREE: Analysis Part 19 Chapter 8: Materials Analysis Chapter 20 Lithic / Ceramic / Metal / Glass / Organic Artifacts

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