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Archaeological Site Manual by Craig Spence

By Craig Spence

E-book of this 3rd variation of the London division of city Archaeology's handbook locations their enormous adventure inside of everyone's achieve. it's been designed `for use within the box and covers the equipment and methods hired by way of MOLAS in either recording and excavation. it really is prepared in sections from easy contexts resembling deposits and cuts, throughout the linked job of environmental sampling, to extra advanced positive factors resembling masonry and trees constructions. extra sections care for skeleton and coffin recording and unearths recovery.' The 1994 variation has new sections on images, surveying and recommendations for the contents of a website archive. even though it relies on paintings in an city atmosphere, it's adaptable to different stipulations. A5, free leaf structure. (Museum of London, third version 1994)

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Evidence of reuse: Does the shape or features of the wood suggest that it has been reworked? Original use: If the wood has been reused, is it possible to determine what the original use was? Other drawings: Remember to refer to any timber drawings. CHARCOAL Sampled for: Tick the appropriate box. If you think a C14 sample should be taken inform the Environmental Department. Sample very carefully and avoid A L L contamination. Sample is: See woo11 above. Taken from:Identify the type of context that the sample has been taken from.

2. Corners: If present describe their shape in plan: 'square', 'rounded' etc. 3. Dimensionsldepth: Record the longest side first. O m). Depth can either be measured from the highest to lowest point or, if the cut is large andlor complex, be calculated from the highest and lowest level readings. If a sloping stakehole is being described then the depth should be measured along the axis of the hole (Fig. 15). I5 Thc dclpth of the sloping stakehole is 'X' 4. Break of slope - top: Describe the degree with which the top surface of the edge of the cut breaks into the sides.

A reasonable number of levels need to be taken along the top surfaces of any surviving structure, however, and will be necessary for the drawing of accurate isometric and axonometric views during post-excavation work. Some of the important questions levels can answer are: Where was the contemporary ground level? How deep was the foundation? Is the wall part of a cellar? What is the relationship between its internal floor levels and the walls? What other foundations on the site were cut to this absolute depth?

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