The purpose, definition and standard for excavations are given in IfA (2008b) . The sampling strategy should be fit for purpose; and designed to meet aims and objectives as stated in the project design . It should be agreed by the project team, which includes the specialists (project experts), and will take into account the results of any evaluation.
It is the project manager’s responsibility to ensure that the specialists are kept informed about developments during excavation, including important finds and factors affecting the environmental sampling . Significant changes or alterations in strategy should be recorded and should be agreed by the project team, including the relevant specialists . An issues log can be a useful way of recording these hanges for future reference .
It is helpful to have a trained environmental officer on site as part of the
project team to co-ordinate and monitor sampling, to identify when there is a need to call in other specialists and to integrate different methodologies . This person needs to be skilled in excavation and recording methods and to understand the potential of a wide range of environmental remains .
All flotation and coarse-sieved samples (see section 3) should be processed as part of the data collection and recovery stage of a project, so that the specialist can clearly see the full range of material and judge its potential to meet project aims and objectives .
- Ancient Zominthos Brought to Light (greece.greekreporter.com)
- The decline in archaeological excavation in Ireland has stopped!- Charles Mount (dougsarchaeology.wordpress.com)
- Sul Ross archaeological excavations reveal Trans-Pecos life thousands of years old (alpinedailyplanet.typepad.com)
- Archaeologists find ‘world’s oldest calendar’ in Aberdeenshire field (news.stv.tv)
- World’s ‘oldest calendar’ discovered in Scottish field (itv.com)