Archaeology Excavation

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.
Archaeology Excavation

Archaeology Excavation

1,000-year-old Mexican cemetery1

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 .

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