The Archaeologist's Field Handbook

Heather Burke and Claire Smith
AUD $55.00
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The complete guide to practical fieldwork in Australia today. A step-by-step, illustrated guide for students and professionals at all levels. Indispensable.

As editor of the first field guide in 1968, I compare that slim volume with this outstanding, compendious and wise advice, which demonstrates the sophistication of present best practice. An essential aid for beginners and professionals.'

Emeritus Professor John Mulvaney

In one volume here is every tool you need to conduct fieldwork in archaeology. Thoroughly comprehensive, The Archaeologist's Field Handbook is designed for every kind of archaeological practice from simple site recordings to professional consultancies for 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 maritime. More than 200 charts, checklists, graphs, maps and diagrams clearly illustrate how to design, fund, research, map, record, interpret, photograph and write up your fieldwork.

Packed full of industry know-how and invaluable practical advice, The Archaeologist's Field Handbook is the ultimate resource for consultants, teachers, students, community groups and anyone involved in heritage fieldwork.

An impressive tour de force With this volume in their knapsacks, budding archaeologists and consultants won't need any other to undertake fieldwork in Australia.'

Jay Hall, Head of Archaeology, University of Queensland

Author bio:

Heather Burke lectures 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.

Claire Smith is President of the World Archaeological Congress and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at Flinders University. She has conducted fieldwork with Indigenous communities in Australia, Asia and North America. Her publications include Indigenous Cultures in an Interconnected World and Country, Kin and Culture: Survival of an Aboriginal Community.

Category: Archaeology
ISBN: 9781865088624
Awards: Short-listed Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing, Tertiary Education (wholly Australian), Scholarly Reference category 2005 AU
Table Of Contents: 1. Preparing for fieldwork

2. Navigation and mapping

3. Finding sites

4. Site surveying

5. Basic excavation techniques

6. Recording historical sites

7. Recording Indigenous sites

8. Managing cultural heritage

9. Photography and illustration

10. Getting your results out there


1. Sample recording forms

2. Rim Diamater chart

3. Guides to dating common historical artefacts

4. Checklist for consultancy reports

5. Sample press release

6. Interpretation project planner

7. Checklists for tables, figures and reports
Publisher: A&U Academic
Imprint: A&U Academic
Pub Date: October 2004
Page Extent: 428
Format: Book
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Archaeology

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