By Edward C. Harris

This publication is the single textual content dedicated solely to archaeological stratigraphy, an issue of primary significance to such a lot reviews in archaeology. the 1st variation seemed in 1979 as a result invention, through the writer, of the Harris Matrix--a approach for studying and proposing the stratigraphic sequences of archaeological websites. the tactic is now primary in archaeology everywhere in the world.
The beginning chapters of this variation talk about the historic improvement of the information of archaeological stratigraphy. The primary chapters learn the legislation and uncomplicated ideas of the topic, and the previous few chapters examine equipment of recording stratification, developing stratigraphic sequences, and the research of stratification and artifacts.
The ultimate bankruptcy, that is via a word list of stratigraphic phrases, provides an overview of a latest process for recording stratification on archaeological websites. This publication is written in an easy variety compatible for the scholar or beginner. the novel principles set out must also provide the pro archaeologist foodstuff for idea.

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* Covers a uncomplicated precept of all archaeological excavations
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Layer numbers were often placed on these sections, but the practice was hardly universal. g. Kenyon 1957: fig. 4), and this creates difficulties if a stratigraphie re-analysis is needed. Written records on excavations often consisted of a diary and descriptive notes. The diaries recorded miscellaneous facts about the running of the excavation. The descriptive notes were supposed to record the evidence of the discoveries of the excavation. In the Kingdon's Workshop archive, all of the notes found in the site notebooks are in the form of a diary.

Pitt-Rivers 1888: plate CXLVI). The purpose of this record was to show the drainage patterns of the site and the general command of the ground (Pitt-Rivers 1891: 26). Contour surveys are still made on the sites such as barrows, which have obvious banks, so that the mound can be reconstructed after excavation (Atkinson 1946: 67). Pitt-Rivers had another use for his surveys, since 'by means of contours, a section can afterwards be drawn of any Camp, and in any direction' (PittRivers 1898: 26). The stratification of a site was then removed in a summary fashion by gangs of labourers (Barker 1977: 14).

Layers of this type include the metallings of a road, the floors of a house, the deliberate spreading of constructional or other material in a selected area of a site, and the intentional filling of holes such as graves, pits, postholes and various types of gullies. The deposition of these horizontal layers will alter the topographi­ cal shape of a site, but they themselves will seldom create new basins of deposition, as do some upstanding strata. The second type, upstanding strata^ such as walls, are unique forms of man-made stratification.

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