Field Analysis:Field Interpretation

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[edit] Field Interpretation

Interpretation of deposits in the field is an important skill for archaeologists as it informs ongoing decisions about how best to excavate, record and sample at the context and site level. It also guides the development of post-excavation analytical research by providing hypotheses that can be tested.

Understanding the role of soil and sedimentary processes in the development of a site is an important part of field interpretation. The types of questions that may be asked in the field are often context specific, such as:


Those questions followed by are included in the SASSA Field Interpretation Tool. Click on the icon to be taken to the field tool login.


As with most archaeological questions it is rare that geoarchaeological queries can be answered with a straightforward yes or no. Interpretation is often an informed best guess made after evaluating all the relevant information. The level of certainty that can be achieved is question and site dependant, but can often be improved by post-excavation analysis if appropriate context records and samples exist.


More information on the SASSA interpretation tool together with printable recording sheets is available here.



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