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Archaeological Research

A Brief Introduction, 2nd Edition

By Peter N. Peregrine


152 pages

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This updated edition of Archaeological Research introduces the basic methods of archaeological research, including data collection, analysis, interpretation, as well as a consideration of the state of archaeology today. New to the Second Edition is updated information on geographic information systems and remote sensing strategies, and a greatly expanded discussion of practices in cultural resource management archaeology. This popular, concise textbook

  • explores various research methods, analytical techniques, legal and ethical issues facing archaeologists;
  • includes discussions of the archaeological process and record, sampling and research design, survey and excavation methods and strategies, recordkeeping, analysis, archaeological dating, presenting results, and research opportunities;
  • is an excellent text for undergraduate students in basic archaeology courses, field methods courses, and field schools

Table of Contents

1 The Archaeological Research Process

2 The Archaeological Record

3 Measurement and Sampling

4 Survey Methods and Strategies

5 Excavation Methods and Strategies

6 Recordkeeping

7 Dating Archaeological Materials

8 Lithic Analysis

9 Ceramic Analysis

10 Floral and Faunal Analysis

11 Presenting Results

12 Historic Preservation and the Practice of Archaeology

About the Author

Peter Peregrine is professor of the anthropology at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He serves as research associate for the Human Relations Area Files at Yale University and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Peregrine has dedicated his career to teaching undergraduates and regularly teaches courses on archaeology, research methods, and human evolution. He has also conducted archaeological fieldwork in the United States and Syria trying to understand how and why complex societies evolve and collapse. He is co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Prehistory and has authored or coauthored eleven books, five edited volumes, and over 100 articles, chapters, and reviews., including Anthropology with Carol R. Ember, Human Evolution and Culture: Highlights of Anthropology with Carol R. Ember and Melvin Ember, and World Prehistory: Two Million Years of Human Life.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology