Archaeology doesn't just happen. With large numbers of people involved, the complex logistics of fieldwork, funding needed for projects of any size, and a bewildering set of legal regulations and ethical norms to follow, a well-run archaeological project requires careful and detailed planning. In this reader-friendly guide, Black and Jolly give novice researchers invaluable practical advice on the process of designing successful field projects. Encompassing both directed academic and directed CRM projects, they outline the elements needed in your professional toolkit, show step-by-step how an archaeological project proceeds, focus on developing appropriate research questions and theoretical models, and address implementation issues from NAGPRA regulations down to estimating the number of shovels to toss into the pickup. Sidebars explain important topics like the Section 106 process, the importance of ethnology and geology to archaeologists, OSHA requirements, and how to assess significance. Archaeology by Design is an ideal starting point for giving students and novices the big picture of a contemporary archaeological project.
Stephen L. Black is a research associate and editor of www.TexasBeyondHistory.net at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin. Kevin Jolly is a research fellow of the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin and the director of development at RW3 Technologies Inc.
Part 1 Series Editors' Foreword Part 2 1 Designing Archaeological Research with an Attitude Chapter 3 The Process of Designing Archaeological Research / Professional Archaeological Research / Why Design Archaeological Research? / The Cost of Archaeology / Your Obligation to the Public / Archaeology by Default / Designing Research is Archaeology Part 4 2 Building Your Professional Toolkit Chapter 5 Anthropological Archaeology / Current Archaeological Method and Theory / Multidisciplinary Studies / Keeping Current / Developing Regional Expertise / Navigating the Political Playing Field / Why the Professional Archaeologist's Toolkit is Heavy Part 6 3 A Quick Look at the Research Process Chapter 7 The "Pure" Research Process in Academic Archaeology / The "Directed" Research Process in CRM Archaeology / The Parts of CRM Research / Conclusion Part 8 4 The Scope of Work Chapter 9 The Project Area / The Work / Work Standards / Time / Money / Logistics / Conclusion Part 10 5 Research Questions Chapter 11 Typical Approaches to Archaeological Research / Creating Research Questions / Sources of Questions Part 12 6 Developing Your Research Strategy Chapter 13 Think First, Dig Later-Archaeological Strategy / Making Tough Choices-Operational Strategy / Conclusion Part 14 7 The Written Research Design Chapter 15 Whom Are You Writing For? / Projects Big and Small / Critical Components of Your Written Research Design / Additional Considerations / Conclusion Part 16 8 Putting Your Research Design to Work Chapter 17 Implementing Your Research Design / In from the Cold / Evaluating Your Research Design / Now It's Up to You Part 18 Appendix A. Groups You Should Join Part 19 Appendix B. Journals You Should Read Part 20 Appendix C. The ABCs of CRM Part 21 Appendix D. The Logistics Checklist Part 22 References Part 23 Index Part 24 About the Authors and Series Editors
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