Field Archaeology from Around the World

Ideas and Approaches

  • Martin Carver
  • Bisserka Gaydarska
  • Sandra Montón-Subías

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeology book series (BRIEFSARCHAE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Martin Carver
      Pages 3-9
    3. Margaret E. Beck
      Pages 11-17
    4. Włodzimierz Rączkowski
      Pages 19-25
    5. Simon Holdaway
      Pages 27-32
    6. Immo Trinks
      Pages 33-41
    7. Martin Carver
      Pages 43-51
    8. Jason Wood
      Pages 53-61
    9. Madeleine Hummler
      Pages 63-69
    10. Bisserka Gaydarska
      Pages 71-75
    11. Martin Carver
      Pages 77-82
    12. Gustavo G. Politis
      Pages 83-88
    13. Martin Carver
      Pages 89-91
  3. Exemplary Projects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Dominic Powlesland
      Pages 95-100
    3. Vladimir Pitulko
      Pages 111-113
    4. Cynthia Robin
      Pages 115-117

About this book


Field practice in archaeology varies greatly throughout the world, mainly because archaeological sites survive in very different ways in different counties.  Many manuals see this as a problem - to be defeated by the imposition of standardised procedures.  In this book we relish the variety of field practice, seeing it rather as the way the best archaeologists have responded creatively to the challenges of terrain, research objectives and the communities within which they work.  While insisting on the highest levels of investigation, we celebrate the different designs, concepts, scientific detection methods and recording systems applied - so embracing standards, but not standardisation. The book is organised in four parts: 

Part 1 offers a summary of field procedures.

Part 2 reviews the principal methods applied, above and below ground, and how the results are analysed.

Part 3 illustrates the huge variety confronted by field workers with a series of exemplary commercial and academic projects enacted in downland, jungle, desert, permafrost, road schemes and towns.  Approaches also differ according to the traditional methodologies that have evolved in particular countries. 

In Part 4 we give examples of some the strongest and oldest of those practised on four continents. ​


Archaeological field methods Archaeological surveys and projects Non-destructive subsurface mapping Pioneers and traditions within global archaeology Site and artefact preservation Surface method and strategies

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Carver
    • 1
  • Bisserka Gaydarska
    • 2
  • Sandra Montón-Subías
    • 3
  1. 1.University of YorkYorkUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Durham UniversityDurhamUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Department of HumanitiesICREA/Universitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-09818-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-09819-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1861-6623
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-4910
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