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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 provides a clear account of pre-excavation reconnaissance and site evaluation, the preparations for full excavation, the process of excavation, and the recording of photographic, spatial, stratigraphic, and physical evidence. This manual will be welcomed by the professional excavator, academic researchers, students, and the interested amateur.Read more
- Up-to-date, detailed account of modern approaches to archaeological excavation drawing on a wealth of experience in excavating some of the most complex, deeply stratified sites in Britain and abroad
- Presents background history and philosophy of excavation: the why, as well as how, of digging methods
- Relevant to both long-term research projects and the immediate demands of salvage work
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"Well thought out...Excavation is a worthy companion for any excavator." Canadian Field-Journal
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- Date Published: March 2001
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521798013
- length: 328 pages
- dimensions: 241 x 170 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.54kg
- contains: 72 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. History of the development of techniques
2. Excavation in theory
3. Pre-excavation strategies
4. Excavation in practice: background preparations
5. Excavation in practice: preparations on site
6. A structured approach to recording
7. The photographic record
8. The spatial record
9. The stratigraphic record
10. The descriptive record: deposits
11. Non-deposit descriptions
12. Excavating the stratigraphic unit
13. Stratigraphic analysis
14. Future prospects.
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