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.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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- Date Published: April 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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