The Archaeology Handbook: A Field Manual and Resource Guide

The Archaeology Handbook: A Field Manual and Resource Guide


By (author) Bill McMillon

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 18mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 12 September 1991
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0471530514
  • ISBN 13: 9780471530510
  • Illustrations note: maps

Product description

Written expressly for amateur archaeologists and archaeological volunteers to help them discover how they can become part of this increasingly popular field. Covers subjects ranging from excavation techniques, tools, site locations, archaeological methods, archaeology and the law to conducting your own dig. Besides providing extensive data on gaining experience as volunteers of professionally organized digs, it offers an extensive resource section that includes archaeology organizations, field schools and sites, archaeological musems and a bibliography of reading matter which deals with archaeology. A large variety of line-drawings and photographs also assist the would-be archaeologist.

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Table of contents

What Is Archaeology?. What Do Archaeologists Do?. ON A DIG. Before You Get to an Excavation. Eating, Sleeping, and Working. Locating a Site. Preparation of a Site. Control Pits and Soil Profiles. Excavating the Site. Excavation Problems. Excavation Features. Artifacts. Recording an Excavation. In the Laboratory. Writing the Final Site Report. WORKING ON YOUR OWN. The Lure of the Excavation. Following Laws and Regulations. Beginning an Archaeological Survey. ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESOURCES. The What's, Where's, and How-To's of Archaeological Activities. Travel Agencies. Museums. Archaeological Sites. Excavations. Field Schools. Organizations that Assist with Placement of Volunteers. State Archaeologists and State Historic Preservation Officers. Canadian Provincial Archaeological Units. Governmental Agencies Outside the United States and Canada. Archaeological Organizations. Suggested Reading. Index.