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Archaeological recording

for funerary archaeology, see examples

Some determining factors

-the excavators
  • interests and questions, the 'agenda' of the excavator
  • knowledge - the techniques available

- funding for materials, equipment, time

- funding for publication

- time available to excavators and others for preparing publication


Four levels of focus

- site survey: dependant on history of development of surveying equipment and cartography

- exact location of tomb in site

- exact measurement of tomb architecture

  • superstructure
  • substructure

- exact measurements of position of tomb context


Physical 'products' of excavation

- types of records

  • text notes
  • sketch

- medium

  • graphic record with exact measurements
  • notebook/manuscript
  • file card ('tomb card')
  • printed version
  • electronic version

- finds

  • in museum
  • display
  • storage
  • in site store-rooms\left on ground

- the site itself after excavation



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