Collection of Samples

Posted in Core Skills

Sampling may be carried out by members of the excavation team or by specialists as appropriate – you should know how to take the main types of site samples

Section Drawing

Posted in Core Skills

You will be required to draw a fully annotated, dimensionally correct section drawing that accurately represents the section of a trench

Planning

Posted in Core Skills

Draw a correctly annotated scale plan of a trench or feature that accurately portrays and locates the required elements

Dumpy Level and Staff

Posted in Core Skills

One of the simple but often overlooked aspects of survey and planning is the use of the Dumpy Level

Site Grid and Trench Layout

Posted in Core Skills

To be able to set out pegs as a fixed grid and lay out a trench within this coordinate system.

Site Photography

Posted in Core Skills

Many of us use Digital Cameras in place of 35mm and are expected to be able to use them on sites, relying on the automatic setting to get the photograph we need.

Stratigraphic Excavation

Posted in Core Skills

Stratigraphic excavation, isolating contexts and edges and then attempting to excavate or remove contexts in reverse stratigraphic order

Context Sheet Recording

Posted in Core Skills

Excavated contexts are recorded on context sheets which can vary in style depending on the organisation carrying out the excavation but in general they share similar characteristics.

Understanding Site Formation

Posted in Core Skills

Site formation is a basic building block of archaeology: it is by analysis of this sequence through excavation that permits interpretation

Handtools ( Large)

Posted in Core Skills

Knowing which tool to to use and how to use it is one of the basics of archaeological fieldwork excavation.

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