Archaeological Surveying and Mapping

Recording and Depicting the Landscape

By Philip Howard

© 2004 – Routledge

312 pages

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About the Book

A comprehensive and practical guide to surveying for archaeologists, with clear instructions in archaeological mapping, recording field work and detailed case studies from the UK, Europe and the US.

Philip Howard provides a user’s guide to methods and instruments of surveying to enable archaeologists to represent their own fieldwork confidently and independently. Archaeological Surveying is an invaluable resource which:

  • provides beginner’s instructions to software used in computerised surveying, including IntelliCAD 2000, Terrain Tools, Christine GIS and Global Mapper
  • introduces the archaeologist to a range of surveying instruments such as GPS, electronic distance measures, theodolites and magnetic compasses
  • includes low-cost software.

This textbook is an essential read for any field archaeologists who are in need of an introduction to surveying, or simply wish to update their techniques.

Table of Contents

1. The Science and Profession of Surveying 2. The Aims of an Archaeological Survey 3. Basic Methods of Surveying 4. Control Surveying 5. Application of Surveying Instruments 6. Surveying on a Global Scale 7. Using CAD Software 8. GIS in Archaeological Mapping 9. The Shape of the Ground 10. Sources of Digital Map Data. Case Studies: Barnard Castle, UK. Boeotia, Greece. Cockfield, UK. Durham City, UK. Lomello, Italy. New Mexico, USA

About the Author

Phil Howard’s background in archaeological fieldwork extends over 30 years. He is currently employed at Durham University, where he specialises in surveying, geophysical prospection, geographic information systems and archaeological computing.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC003000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology