Field-walking (or Surface Artefact Collection) is a technique suited to rapid initial appraisal of the archaeological potential of a landscape. Typically, archaeologists walk along an ordered grid collecting and recording surface archaeological finds. The identification and spatial analysis of the artefacts collected offers valuable clues to the distribution of archaeological sites and helps in the formulation of subsequent mitigation strategies.
Field-walking can be a useful tool on large-scale rural sites, for instance in advance of groundworks for quarries, reservoirs or housing schemes. The obvious problem with the technique is the need for open, preferably recently-ploughed areas for investigation, and hence it is unsuitable for urban or brownfield sites.
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