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What is archaeological fieldwork?

What is archaeological fieldwork?


School: Arizona State University
Department: Anthropology (Social and Behavioral)
Course: Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: archeology, Archaeology, and Fieldwork
Cost: 25
Name: Buried Cities and Lost Tribes Fall 2018, Week 3
Description: These notes go over the basics of fieldwork; what it is, how it works, various methods, and some examples of sites you can look up for more info.
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What is archaeological fieldwork?


Wednesday, August 29, 2018 12:31 PM

Archeological fieldwork

• Survey

• Excavation

Surveying- record information that's at the surface (mostly finding sites, they aren't rare) • Garbage builds up, even old timey garbage, some stuff was never even lost, many discoveries are found by accident

Excavation- record information from sub-surface

Survey focuses on special perspective, excavation focuses on temporal perspective. Most archeological sites have been discovered through systematic means

I. Systematic discovery

a. Documentary sources

i. L'Anse aux Meadows, newfoundland Canada, discovered from saga Eric the Red ii. The city of Troy, Heinrich Schliemann discovered using the Iliad and Odysseys, Hissarlik

What does excavate mean?

b. Ground survey

i. Taking walks, looking for sites, just travelling and being while explora-Dora-ing. ii. Important because you want to know about site distribution, for info and planning for resources.

iii. Ground survey can tend to be unsystematic. However, ground survey can be systematic survey, you divide the land up into sections.

c. Aerial survey

i. Remote sensing technology, most of the time uses pictures from other things, forest ranger maps for instance

ii. e.g. the vanished roman harbor town of Altium

iii. Lidar (laser and radar), load it on an airplane fly it up use it like echolocation, passes easily through vegetation.

II. Excavation

a. Not looting because they intensely document everything that they find.

What is systematic discovery?

b. Uses cartesian plane (space would be x and y, on the same horizontal plane and same time; z would be time and is on a vertical excavation.) Vertical; Crepeele, Manitoba; Horizontal; Pincevent, France, Pompeii. We also discuss several other topics like How do we find the certainty equivalent?

c. Stratigraphy- the layers, the cultural context and format of a site.

d. Law of Superposition: each layer of sediment is younger than the layer beneath it. e. Deciding where to dig?

i. Use nonintrusive methods allow you to detect subsurface material without digging; ground penetrating radar We also discuss several other topics like What is tonicity and how does it relate to osmosis?

ii. Test pit- dig a very quick, small hole, just to see if there is something there.

f. Set up a grid system We also discuss several other topics like Where did the idea of where the world first started come from?
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i. Abc by 123. Basically, using meters. To control the provenience/provenance of the find.

ii. Used everywhere, even underwater excavations (shipwrecks)

iii. Proveinence is important because the context in which a find is made is more important than the find, for the most part. Association is key!

iv. Extensively take notes, if you miss important information you miss it, you can't re excavate a site.We also discuss several other topics like Are monopolies good for society?

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