A New Method for Urban Geoarchaeological Excavation, Example from Norrköping, Sweden
2005 (English)In: Norwegian Archaeological Review, ISSN 0029-3652, Vol. 38, no 2, 102-112 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Urban excavations often uncover complex stratigraphy that is difficult to interpret by archaeological experience alone. Versions of Single Context Recording can be useful tools, but this method is known to be demanding when co-employed by consulting geologists in the field. Are these difficulties caused by fundamental differences between the views of archaeologists and geologists, or are they mainly a result of lack of mutual understanding? What would happen to field methods and interpretations if a geologist worked alongside an archaeologist at an urban excavation throughout a whole excavation season? This approach was tested at a geoarchaeological excavation in the town of Norrkping, Sweden. The experiment led to the development of a new field procedure involving continuous pilot sampling and on-site analysis of plant macrofossils. It provided new ways of using natural sediments and redeposited layers in the interpretation of the sites development and clearly confirmed that mutual understanding is the key to interdisciplinary cooperation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge , 2005. Vol. 38, no 2, 102-112 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-24446DOI: 10.1080/00293650510032699OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-24446DiVA: diva2:197545
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7052005-10-252005-10-252010-12-08Bibliographically approved