The Archaeologist's Field Handbook

The Archaeologist's Field Handbook

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As editor of the first field guide in 1968, I compare that slim volume with this outstanding, compendious and wise advice, which demonstrates the sophistication of present best practice. An essential aid for beginners and professionals.' Emeritus Professor John MulvaneyIn one volume here is every tool you need to conduct fieldwork in archaeology. Thoroughly comprehensive, The Archaeologist's Field Handbook is designed for every kind of archaeological practice from simple site recordings to professional consultancies for anyone who wants to record heritage sites responsibly.This hands-on manual provides step-by-step instructions on how to undertake and successfully complete fieldwork in all fields of archaeology, from Indigenous to historical to maritime. More than 200 charts, checklists, graphs, maps and diagrams clearly illustrate how to design, fund, research, map, record, interpret, photograph and write up your fieldwork. Packed full of industry know-how and invaluable practical advice, The Archaeologist's Field Handbook is the ultimate resource for consultants, teachers, students, community groups and anyone involved in heritage fieldwork. An impressive tour de force With this volume in their knapsacks, budding archaeologists and consultants won't need any other to undertake fieldwork in Australia.' Jay Hall, Head of Archaeology, University of Queensland
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  • Paperback | 428 pages
  • 176 x 230mm
  • Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • 1865088625
  • 9781865088624
  • 609,427

Table of contents

1. Preparing for fieldwork2. Navigation and mapping3. Finding sites4. Site surveying5. Basic excavation techniques6. Recording historical sites7. Recording Indigenous sites8. Managing cultural heritage9. Photography and illustration10. Getting your results out thereAppendices1. Sample recording forms2. Rim Diamater chart3. Guides to dating common historical artefacts4. Checklist for consultancy reports5. Sample press release6. Interpretation project planner7. Checklists for tables, figures and reports
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a clear and detailed manual on the basic principles and practice of archaeological field survey, investigation and record in the modern context of legislative and ethical accountability.'Jack Golson, Emeritus Professor of Prehistory, Australian National University... a most welcome, well done and comprehensive publication... which will be useful to all archaeologists'Archaeology in Oceania
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About Claire Smith

Heather Burke lectures in the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University, and has many years experience as a consultant archaeologist. She has participated in and directed numerous surveys and excavations for historic, prehistoric and Aboriginal sites across Australia. Claire Smith is President of the World Archaeological Congress and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University. She has conducted fieldwork with Indigenous communities in Australia, Asia and North America. Her publications include Indigenous Cultures in an Interconnected World and Country, Kin and Culture: Survival of an Aboriginal Community.
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