Archaeologist's Field Handbook by Heather Burke

By Heather Burke

Right here, in a single quantity, is every little thing it is very important behavior fieldwork in archaeology greater than two hundred charts, checklists, graphs, maps and diagrams basically illustrate tips to layout, fund, examine, map, checklist, interpret, photo, examine - and write up - your fieldwork. completely complete, The Archaeologist's box guide is designed for each form of archaeological perform - from easy website recordings to expert consultancies - for an individual who desires to list history websites responsibly. This hands-on guide offers step by step directions on easy methods to adopt and effectively whole all kinds of fieldwork.

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Orthophoto maps combine aerial photography with topographic information. They can be very useful, but their coverage is usually restricted to major towns and their immediate environs. The maritime equivalent of maps is charts, which depict the depth of the ocean rather than the height of the land. Most maps are oriented with north to the top, south to the bottom, east to the right and west to the left. At the bottom of each map is the scale, a legend to explain the mapping conventions used to depict features and a small boxed section telling you how to read a grid reference.

In Victoria, a site must be at least 50 years old in order to qualify as ‘heritage’. • In South Australia, historical archaeological sites are only protected if they are already listed on the state’s Heritage Register. Unfortunately, there is at present no other provision for regulating archaeological work on any other (non-listed) historical archaeological sites. • Like those in South Australia, historical sites in Western Australia are only protected if they are already listed on the state’s Register of Historic Places.

Indigenous knowledge is rarely definitive (in the sense that there is only one ‘right’ answer) and it is often restricted. Because access to this knowledge is a source of power, it must be controlled by people with the appropriate qualifications (usually based on age seniority). In terms of archaeological fieldwork, this means that it is essential you obtain your information from the correct people—those who hold the appropriate knowledge of those sites. Bear in mind that, even if you are working on historical sites, you may still need to consult with the senior custodians of the people on whose land the sites are located.

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