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Since its first publication, Field Archaeology: An Introductionhas proved to be a key handbook for all those undertaking introductory courses in archaeology or volunteering on their first excavation. In this revised second edition, key developments in technology, theory and changes in the law are included, bringing it up to date with the most recent fieldwork practices. The dig is the face of archaeology most immediately recognised by the general public, and is often what attracts both students and amateurs to the discipline. Yet there is much more to working in the field than digging alone. Peter Drewett's comprehensive survey explores the process, from the core work of discovery and excavation to the final product, the published archaeological report. The main topics are: How an archaeological site is formed Finding and recording archaeological sites Planning excavations, digging the site and recording the results Post-fieldwork planning, processing and finds analysis Interpreting the evidence Publishing the report Illustrated with 100 photographs and line drawings, and using numerous case studies, this second edition of Field Archaeologyensures it will remain the essential introductory guide for archaeology students and the growing number of enthusiasts for the subject.
Peter Drewett is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Sussex. Prior to this, he taught field archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, where he directed the undergraduate field training excavations and established the Institute's Field Archaeology Unit. Early in his career he was particularly involved in the rescue excavation of plough-damaged sites on the South Downs. He set up and directed the Barbados Archaeological Survey, as well as running field courses and rescue excavations in Portugal and Hong Kong. Professor Drewett has over 100 published works, including (with Mark Gardiner and David Rudling) The South East to AD 1000 (1988) and Prehistoric Barbados (1991).
Table of Contents
List of figures
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
What is archaeology?
What is field archaeology?
Who does field archaeology?
Theoretical basis of field archaeology
What is an archaeological site? How is it formed and transformed?
Primary and secondary uses
Rubbish and accidental loss
Abandonment of a site
Natural transformation processes
Two examples of abandonment
Finding archaeological sites
Aerial photography, satellite images and LiDAR
Recording archaeological sites
Planning the excavation
Permission, funding and the law
Staff, equipment and logistics
Approaches to excavation
Levels of recovery
Digging the site
Recurrent types of context and their excavation
Sites without features
Artefacts and ecofacts, their recovery and treatment
Matrices, phasing and dating sites
Excavation and the public
Recording archaeological excavations
The written record
The drawn record
The photographic record
The finds record
Post-fieldwork planning, processing and finds analysis
Interpreting the evidence
Interpreting the site's environment
Interpretation of the household and its activity areas
Interpretation of the community and its activity areas
Interpretation of how people lived
Publishing the report
Writing a report
Getting a report published in a journal
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