Help with using the SASSA Field Tool
The SASSA Field Tool is a website that allows registered users to enter excavation data on sediments and soils at archaeological sites. A user can allow or withhold access to other users to view their data. The basic structure consists of two parts - the Soil Description and the Interpretation Tool.
The Soil Description guides the field archaeologist through a series of data boxes to describe their soils and sediments and produce a soil report. The user interface is relatively simple and consists of entering information into data boxes and saving at the end of each page. From the information a soil report can be stored on the user's computer or printed.
In the Interpretation Tool data stored in the archive, or prompted through data entry, helps the archaeologist address some of the most common field queries such as Has this deposit/context been affected by in-situ burning or Is this a buried soil? A user is taken through a series of questions with a choice of answer, which the user has to decide based on the context under study. At the end of the series of questions an evaluation score is given between 0 and 100 on whether the context (as in the example queries above) has been affected by in-situ burning or is a buried soil.
The following pages provide a more detailed guide for using the Field Tool.
Using the Field Tool
- What equipment can the Field Tool be used on?
- Navigating the tool bar
- Soil Description Help Page
- Explaining the multi-user function
- Producing and printing a soil description report
- Adding images to the Field Tool
- Interpretation Tool Help Page