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Field Archaeology: An Introduction (Hardback)
  • Field Archaeology: An Introduction (Hardback)

Field Archaeology: An Introduction (Hardback)

Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 04/02/2011
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Since its first publication, Field Archaeology: An Introduction has 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 Archaeology ensures it will remain the essential introductory guide for archaeology students and the growing number of enthusiasts for the subject.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415551182
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 248 x 171 x 15 mm
Edition: 2nd New edition


'In a time of uncertainty in the profession, it's refreshing to read a book that puts archaeology in the context of the best field practice ... This is an optimistic book, with an upbeat, breezy style that reviews all the major field techniques from the formation of deposits and how to find sites, through how to record them to postexcavation. There is detailed discussion of the problems of excavation and interpretation, and the rapidly changing means of publishing the results ... [This book] remains one of the best introductions to the techniques and problems of dirt archaeology.' - Mike Nevell, British Archaeology

'... it remains that Drewett's Field Archaeology is a companionable introduction to archaeological fieldwork, with a good balance between survey and excavation.' - Antiquity

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