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By Kevin Greene

ISBN-10: 0415166071

ISBN-13: 9780415166072

This bestselling ebook has firmly validated itself because the such a lot obtainable consultant to archaeology on hand. It features:
* a proof to the invention and excavation of sites
* a invaluable define of the key relationship methods
* transparent factors of clinical techniques
* new theories and present controversies
* explanatory diagrams and photos
* suggestions on additional studying and up to date bibliography.

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Fig. 10 illustrates the results of geophysical prospecting over the same buried features. 5 The ditches of Roman military earthworks at Chew Green, Northumberland, are enhanced by shadows cast by low sunlight. This extensive site lies on sloping rough moorland in the Cheviot Hills, and is very difficult to understand on the ground because of its complexity and size: the most distinctive earthwork in the centre of the photograph is approximately 150 metres square. Tim Gates, National Monuments Record by differential thawing.

Several aspects of past human occupation cause suitable anomalies. Heating at approx. , causes the randomly aligned magnetic particles present in most soils and clays to realign along the prevailing magnetic field of the Earth, and to retain this new alignment on cooling. The alignment of magnetic particles is also affected by digging and refilling ditches and pits; solid features, such as walls or road surfaces, contain fewer magnetic minerals and therefore provide lower readings than their surroundings.

Discovery is pointless without recording, but observers (ancient or modern) only record what they see, and what they see is determined by what they consider to be significant. Early antiquaries did of course make invaluable observations about sites which in some cases have since disappeared, but they normally left frustratingly inadequate accounts. There was slow progress from terse descriptions to schematic illustrations, and then from picturesque drawings to accurate surveys (Piggott 1979). The scientific attitudes that accompanied the Enlightenment involved an increased interest in classification, which naturally required more careful observation.

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