The archaeology handbook : a field manual and resource guide /
Bill McMillon.
New York : Wiley, c1991.
x, 259 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0471530514 (pbk.) :
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New York : Wiley, c1991.
0471530514 (pbk.) :
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-253) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1991-09-15:
With the publication of this book, there is now an easy answer to requests for a quick introduction to archaeology, how it is done, and how to become involved. Although McMillon is a bit preachy at times about the need for beginners to hitch up with professionally conceived and run projects, the present intense degree of looting and illegal antiquities trading makes the message timely. The book introduces the novice to the methods and standards of field archaeology in a clear, concise, and accurate manner. It also effectively provides a vehicle for the layperson to go beyond the popular media and into the real world of archaeology by devoting nearly half the book to lists of such resources as museums, agencies, magazines, and field schools. This is a work of broad appeal that should meet the expectations of people of diverse ages and backgrounds.-- William S. Dancey, Ohio State Univ., Columbus (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Main Description
From the Mayan ruins of Guatemala to the Etruscan sites of Central Italy, whether you're an old hand or have never participated in a professional dig, here is the only up-to-date, comprehensive "how-to" and "where to" guide written for the thousands of amateur archaeologists and archaeological volunteers. Photos, drawings, and maps.
Main Description
Written expressly for amateur archaeologists and archaeological volunteers to help them discover how they can become part of this increasingly popular field. Covers subjects ranging from excavation techniques, tools, site locations, archaeological methods, archaeology and the law to conducting your own dig. Besides providing extensive data on gaining experience as volunteers of professionally organized digs, it offers an extensive resource section that includes archaeology organizations, field schools and sites, archaeological musems and a bibliography of reading matter which deals with archaeology. A large variety of line-drawings and photographs also assist the would-be archaeologist.
Table of Contents
What Is Archaeology?
What Do Archaeologists Do?
On a Dig
Before You Get to an Excavation
Eating, Sleeping, and Working
Locating a Site
Preparation of a Site
Control Pits and Soil Profiles
Excavating the Site
Excavation Problems
Excavation Features
Recording an Excavation
In the Laboratory
Writing the Final Site Report
Working on Your Own
The Lure of the Excavation
Following Laws and Regulations
Beginning an Archaeological Survey
Archaeological Resources
The What's, Where's, and How-To's of Archaeological Activities
Travel Agencies
Archaeological Sites
Field Schools
Organizations that Assist with Placement of Volunteers
State Archaeologists and State Historic Preservation Officers
Canadian Provincial Archaeological Units
Governmental Agencies Outside the United States and Canada
Archaeological Organizations
Suggested Reading
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