Excavation / Edition 1

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Overview

"Fieldwork in archaeology has been transformed over the past three decades. Drawing on a wealth of experience in excavating some of the most complex, deeply stratified sites in Britain, Steve Roskams describes the changes that have taken place in the theory and practice of excavation. He then provides a clear account of contemporary techniques, covering pre-excavation reconnaissance and site evaluation, the preparations for full excavation, the actual process of excavation, and the recording of photographic, spatial, stratigraphic and physical evidence. A final chapter discusses the future of excavation. This manual will be welcomed by the professional excavator, the academic researcher, students, and the interested amateur."--BOOK JACKET.
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"Well thought out...Excavation is a worthy companion for any excavator." Canadian Field-Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521798013
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
List of figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 History of the development of techniques 7
2 Excavation in theory 30
3 Pre-excavation strategies 40
4 Excavation in practice: background preparations 63
5 Excavation in practice: preparations on site 93
6 A structured approach to recording 110
7 The photographic record 119
8 The spatial record 133
9 The stratigraphic record 153
10 Deposit descriptions 169
11 Non-deposit descriptions 184
12 Excavating the stratigraphic unit 217
13 Stratigraphic analysis 239
14 Future prospects 267
Bibliography 291
Index 308
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