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  • Date Published: April 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521798013

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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 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.

    • 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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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521798013
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 249 x 176 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • 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.

  • Author

    Steve Roskams, University of York

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