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2nd Edition

The Archaeologist's Field Handbook
The essential guide for beginners and professionals in Australia

ISBN 9781743318065
Published February 25, 2017 by Routledge
536 Pages

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Book Description

In one volume here is everything you need to conduct fieldwork in archaeology. The Archaeologist's Field Handbook is designed for every kind of archaeological practice, from simple site recordings to professional consultancies and 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 landscape work. Charts, checklists, graphs, maps and diagrams clearly illustrate how to design, fund, research, map, record, interpret, photograph and write up your fieldwork.

This second edition is updated throughout and incorporates strategies for digital data capture, improved methods, recent legislation and more affordable technologies for surveying and photography. The Archaeologist's Field Handbook remains the ultimate resource for consultants, teachers, students, community groups and anyone involved in heritage fieldwork.

'An essential aid for beginners and professionals.' - Emeritus Professor John Mulvaney

'This volume has become the standard for archaeological field training ... A must for students, professionals and community groups.' - Martin Gibbs, Professor of Archaeology, University of New England

'It is absolutely the 'go to' field manual for archaeologists whatever their level within the profession.' - Jane Balme, Associate Professor of Archaeology, University of Western Australia

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables

About The Authors



1. The Context of Archaeological Fieldwork

2. Designing Your Project

3. Maps and Navigation

4. Recording Landscapes

5. Recording Sites

6. Archaeological Surveying

7. Principles of Archaeological Photography

8. Surface Collection and Excavation

9. Recording Artefacts

10. Cultural Heritage Values and Significance

Appendix 1. The relationship between scale, measurement and the size of a feature on a drawn plan

Appendix 2. Archaeological toolkits

Appendix 3. Sample recording forms

Appendix 4. Rim diameter chart for historic ceramics

Appendix 5. Guides to dating common historical artefacts

Appendix 6. Nic Grguric's guide to dating firearms-related

Appendix 7. Guidelines for producing technical reports



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Heather Burke is Associate Professor 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.

Michael Morrison is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University. His research focuses on Indigenous archaeology in north eastern Australia and particularly the investigation of past economic systems both in the pre-colonial and colonial periods. He has worked with a wide range of Indigenous communities on heritage management projects, both in commercial settings and in the context of community-based Indigenous land and sea management programs. He has also regularly taught courses in field and research methods, Indigenous archaeology and Indigenous heritage management at Flinders University.

Claire Smith is a Professor with the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University and a former President of the World Archaeological Congress. She is editor of the eleven-volume Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. She specialises in rock art research and the analysis of symbolic communication and has conducted research with the remote Aboriginal community of Barunga, Northern Territory, since 1990.