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Digging Up the Past : Sutton Ser. - JOHN COLLIS

Digging Up the Past

Sutton Ser.


Published: 1st January 1980
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This concise, readable, well-illustrated introduction to
methods of excavation describes a technique that is
essential for all kinds of archaeology. It is aimed at
professional and amateur archaeologists, at students of
all levels, and at everyone who wants to know how
archaeological evidence is uncovered. John Collis's book
presents new ideas on excavation techniques and
challenges traditional approaches to site organisation
and recording. He uses his 40 years of excavation
experience to recommend practical solutions to procedural
and interpretive problems, and he considers the impact of
computerisation and other technical innovations. He also
recalls the history and development of archaeological
excavation which provides a background to the methods
employed today. This practical common sense guide should
find a place on the bookshelf of everyone who practices
archaeology on a professional or amateur basis, and is
illuminating reading for anyone who wants to understand
how archaeologists can recover the past by digging in the

Forewordp. v
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Paradigmsp. 1
Site Preparationp. 21
On Sitep. 46
Finding Thingsp. 57
Contextsp. 64
Making the Recordp. 78
Finds Processingp. 98
Stone Buildingsp. 103
Wooden Buildingsp. 114
Pits, Ditches and Banksp. 131
Burialsp. 149
Samplingp. 158
Summaryp. 164
Appendixp. 173
Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 180
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ISBN: 9780750935128
ISBN-10: 075093512X
Series: Sutton Ser.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st January 1980
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.2  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Type: New edition