By Peter Drewett
Box archaeology can simply be safely learnt within the box, via utilizing strategies and
looking at and wondering archaeological continues to be. What, then, is the purpose of a textbook on field
archaeology? whilst I got here into box archaeology a few thirty-five years in the past, it used to be nonetheless possible
for a uncooked recruit to spend afternoons with the director of an excavation sitting in entrance of a section
as the mysteries of stratigraphy have been published. more and more such luxurious is unavailable to newcomers.
So how do those that are looking to develop into box archaeologists examine their abilities? even if there are
many classes, box faculties and coaching excavations, so much nonetheless research "on the job".
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The main problems with using written sources to locate archaeological sites are firstly the reliability of the document itself, and secondly whether there is enough information to locate an actual site in the landscape. This is a separate problem from that of using such documents to write history, where precise location within a parish, for example, may or may not be important. 1 Documentary evidence clearly indicated that these two towers, together with a new gatehouse, were constructed at Hadleigh Castle, Essex, by Edward III at a cost of £2,287.
Softer elements, like mortar between the stones, are likely to be abraded first, perhaps loosening stones which then fall off revealing a new surface to wind erosion (Fig. 6). All these particles must, however, end up somewhere and if they fall to the ground at another part of the site they may build up a deposit which protects that area from further wind erosion. 6 Mortar eroded out of medieval masonry through wind action. 26 FIELD ARCHAEOLOGY Water is another natural agent of either destruction or preservation, depending on local conditions.
Particularly important is the need to update the project design as information becomes available from the field or preliminary analysis, that is, be flexible. The desirability of external monitoring of the project and some form of quality control is stressed. One of the most important aspects of archaeological project management is the ability to control time and money. A timescale for the project and individual elements of it must be defined, together with the order in which tasks should be performed.
Field Archaeology - An Introduction by Peter Drewett