Practicing Archaeology: An Introduction to Cultural Resources Archaeology / Edition 2

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Overview

This comprehensive reference book addresses the questions and problems of cultural resource archaeology for graduate students and practicing archaeological field workers. Neumann and Sanford use their decades of field experience to discuss in great detail the complex processes involved in conducting a CRM project. Dealing with everything from law to logistics, archival research to zoological analysis, project proposals to report production, they provide an invaluable sourcebook for archaeologists who do contract work in the United States. After introducing the legal and ethical aspects of cultural resources management, the authors describe the processes of designing a proposal and contracting for work, doing background research, conducting assessment, testing, mitigation work (Phase I, II, and III), laboratory analysis, and preparing reports for project sponsors. The volume's emphasis on practical problems, use of extensive examples, and detailed advice on a host of subjects make it an ideal training manual and reference tool for archaeologists and field schools.

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Editorial Reviews

Plains Anthropologist
Reading Neumann and Sanford's prose is akin to being in the field or lab with a trusted and knowledgeable mentor who has copious stories to share that are imbued with layer after layer of useful inside information.... In short, Practicing Archaeology gets one as close to the action as a text can.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759118065
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas W. Neumann is an archaeologist at a private firm in Georgia. Robert M. Sanford is professor of environmental science and policy at the University of Southern Maine.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Prefaces to First and Second Editions Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Credits Chapter 4 1: Introduction and Overview of Professional Archaeology Chapter 5 2: Laws, Regulations, and Protocols Chapter 6 3: Proposals and Contracts Chapter 7 4: Preparing the Project Background Chapter 8 5: The Phase I Process: Identification of Possible Historic Properties Chapter 9 6: The Phase II Process: Testing and Evaluation Chapter 10 7: The Phase III Process: Mitigation through Data Recovery Chapter 11 8: Laboratory Structure, Processing, Analysis Chapter 12 9: Report Preparation and Production Chapter 13 Appendix A: Register of Professional Archaeologists Code of Conduct and Standards of Research Performance Chapter 14 References Cited Chapter 15 Index Chapter 16 About the Authors

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