Archaeological Site Manual by Craig Spence

By Craig Spence

E-book of this 3rd version of the London division of city Archaeology's guide areas their massive adventure inside of everyone's succeed in. it's been designed `for use within the box and covers the equipment and strategies hired by means of MOLAS in either recording and excavation. it's prepared in sections from easy contexts reminiscent of deposits and cuts, throughout the linked job of environmental sampling, to extra advanced positive factors comparable to masonry and bushes constructions. extra sections care for skeleton and coffin recording and unearths recovery.' The 1994 version has new sections on images, surveying and proposals for the contents of a website archive. even though it relies on paintings in an city surroundings, it's adaptable to different stipulations. A5, unfastened leaf layout. (Museum of London, third version 1994)

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Sample recording sheets Sample recording sheets have been designed for two purposes. First, they are intended as a record of the sample, including the basic archaeological information and any processing thay may have taken place on the site or subsequently in the laboratory. Secondly, they are intended to assist in the forward planning and assessment of the archaeological and environmental post-excavation programmes. With the number of excavations currently taking place in London each year this is extremely important and the ability to assess the priorities and potential of each site will be a major factor in the efficiency of the Environmental Department.

Flint). Well sorted Poorly sorted Very poorly sorted 12 Chart for estimating degree of sorting (redrawn after Folk 1988). 5) Size: Give an estimate of the size range of stones present: for example, 20mm - 50mm. 6) Shape and roundness:This information helps to determine the nature and origin of the deposit. Shape is difficult to assess accurately in the field as it requires measurement of the axes of the stones, but it should be possible to say whether the particles are 'platy' (flat),'elongate' (tube like) or 'spheroidal'.

05 ltr. or column s a m ~ l e As above As above (Must be examined (Column sample) in situ by environmental staff) on archaeological sites, the soil conditions in which they survive and what can be learnt from such study. What should be sampled? Before undertaking any environmental analyses the following criteria must be met. Preservation: It is self-evident that an analysis can only proceed if the study material survives. Animal and plant remains do not survive in all archaeological deposits and are dependent on certain sedimentary conditions to promote their preservation.

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