The Archaeologist's Fieldwork Companion

The Archaeologist's Fieldwork Companion


By (author) Barbara Ann Kipfer


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  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Format: Paperback | 488 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 208mm x 28mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 27 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Chicester
  • ISBN 10: 1405118865
  • ISBN 13: 9781405118866
  • Sales rank: 495,425

Product description

The Archaeologist's Fieldwork Companion is the only current one-volume collection of the practical information and material needed by archaeologists doing fieldwork. * Designed as a literal companion to fieldwork: a concise informational toolkit to be carried into the field * Provides lists and checklists, planning help, recording and measurement charts and tables, analysis and classification guides, information on drafting and artifact drawing, abbreviations, sample forms, and legislation concerning archaeological fieldwork * Offers additional information for processing research, such as a guide to research publication and an extensive bibliography for further resources * An invaluable aid not only to students undertaking fieldwork for the first time, but also to seasoned archaeologists

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Author information

Barbara Ann Kipfer has a Ph.D. in Archaeology from Greenwich University. She is the author of the 7,000-headword Encyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology (2000). Kipfer has worked as a lexicographer for more than 25 years and is the author of more than 30 books.

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"An excellent compilation of equipment lists and procedures, covering a wide range of fieldwork activities. It will be valuable to professionals and students alike, in both the field and the classroom." Harold Mytum, University of York "Kipfer's all-inclusive guidebook will no doubt help archaeologists of all levels avoid common mistakes in the field and the lab by providing useful information in a handy portable format." Diana DiPaolo Loren, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University "This useful compendium of practical resources for students, professionals, and amateurs condenses a plethora of reference information, from conversion tables to codes of ethics, into one handy package." Ruth M. Van Dyke, Colorado College "This easy-to-use spiral-bound book by independent scholar Kipfer offers extensive information and materials to assist in the practical aspects of doing archaeology ... It will be invaluable for a variety of readers from beginners in archaeological fieldwork to professional archaeologists ... Highly recommended." Choice "There is something for everyone in this volume. The wire spiral binding gives the added advantage of being easy to use in the field." Australian Archaeology

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"The Archaeologist's Fieldwork Companion" is the only current collection of the practical information and material needed by archaeologists doing fieldwork. Specifically designed as a one-volume resource to be carried into the field, this concise informational toolkit provides detailed sections on classification and typology, creating forms and records, measurement and conversion, mapping, drawing, and photographing, and help with planning, along with a section of lists and checklists, and a resources section containing information on relevant associations and publications, the law and ethics relating to archaeology, and where to buy supplies. A final section contains extensive lists of abbreviations. This rich compendium of crucial tools will be an invaluable aid not only to students undertaking fieldwork for the first time, but also to seasoned archaeologists.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. Classification and Typology. 2. Forms and Records. 3. Lists and Checklists. 4. Mapping, Drawing, and Photographing. 5. Measurement and Conversion. 6. Planning Help. 7. Resources. Appendix: Abbreviations and Codes.