Field Archaeology An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0415551196

ISBN-13: 9780415551199

Edition: 2nd 2011 (Revised)

Authors: Peter Drewett

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List price: $25.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 2/2/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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, Longman) and Prehistoric Barbados (1991, Archetype).

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
Project management
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
Existing knowledge
Aerial photography, satellite images and LiDAR
Ground survey
Geophysical survey
Chemical survey
Accidental discovery
Recording archaeological sites
Written description
Archaeological surveying
Planning the excavation
Permission, funding and the law
Site safety
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
Post-fieldwork planning
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
Archaeological illustration
Writing a report
Getting a report published in a journal
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