Field Analysis:Field Recording
 Field Recording of Soils and Sediments
Proper recording of soils and sediments in the field not only provides a full standardised description for site preservation by record; it can also be crucial to the success of post-excavation analysis.
This tutorial provides information about the different soil / sediment properties that can be described, what extra archaeological information each may provide, and how they can be systematically recorded.
To find out more about why and how to record soil and sediment properties choose from the list below, or follow the Forward button at the bottom of the page to be guided through the tutorial.
The SASSA Field tool provides users with the means to produce site-based archives of soil descriptions, and contains interpretation tools to help address common geoarchaeological questions. More information on using the SASSA field tool to produce soil descriptions, as well as printable PDF recording sheets can be found here. However, users are urged to familiarise themselves with the field recording processes through the Field tool, before using these sheets in the field.
 External Links
- USDA field handbook for recording and describing soils
- US National Parks Service Soil Science for Archaeologists