By Jim Grant
The Archaeology Coursebook is an unrivalled consultant to scholars learning archaeology for the 1st time. complete and basic, it is going to curiosity pre-university scholars and lecturers in addition to undergraduates and fans. in particular designed to help studying it introduces the main as a rule tested archaeological equipment, ideas and subject matters and illustrates thoughts and statement with over two hundred photos and drawings of excavation websites, method and tactics, instruments and gear.
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Try to experiment with a range of notes when preparing for discussion, revising and planning. Many people learn better from visual notes than they do from dense written passages. You may be one of them. We have used these types of notes throughout the text. You can ﬁnd examples on the following pages: ᭤ ᭤ ᭤ ᭤ Spider diagram Mind map Flow diagram Target diagram pp. xxvi, 4 pp. 59 p. 197 ᭤ ᭤ ᭤ ᭤ Force ﬁeld diagram p. 210 Picture or concept notes pp. 106, 199 Keyword notes p. 287 Grids p. g. 3 Sources commonly used for desktop study map evidence of human activity in the landscape.
These involve detailed and precise use of surveying tools to build up a picture of variations in height and levels. Data is increasingly being entered on databases to enable computer enhancement of the landscape. These surveys can often reveal hidden features that could not be detected with the naked eye. Recording standing buildings One specialised area of archaeological surveying focuses on the built environment and links archaeology to architectural science. Detailed studies of the material and construction techniques of structures are made both to enhance knowledge of the development of buildings and to provide a record against future destruction or decay.
Some 55 hectares of the route were identiﬁed as requiring detailed archaeological investigation. Planning of the work gave archaeologists time to ‘painstakingly’ record the archaeological deposits on the sites selected for detailed work. Other areas were subject to watching briefs (where archaeologists are on hand to observe work – particularly topsoil removal – so they can recognise and record features as they appear). In this particular scheme the archaeologists were empowered to stop construction work if ‘features of signiﬁcance’ were identiﬁed.
Archaeology Coursebook; An Introduction to Study Skills, Topics and Methods by Jim Grant