This updated edition of Archaeological Research introduces the basic methods of archaeological research, including data collection, analysis, interpretation, as well as a consideration of the state of archaeology today. New to the Second Edition is updated information on geographic information systems and remote sensing strategies, and a greatly expanded discussion of practices in cultural resource management archaeology. This popular, concise textbook

  • explores various research methods, analytical techniques, legal and ethical issues facing archaeologists;
  • includes discussions of the archaeological process and record, sampling and research design, survey and excavation methods and strategies, recordkeeping, analysis, archaeological dating, presenting results, and research opportunities;
  • is an excellent text for undergraduate students in basic archaeology courses, field methods courses, and field schools

chapter 1|13 pages

The archaeological research process

chapter 2|9 pages

The archaeological record

chapter 4|14 pages

Survey methods and strategies

chapter 5|15 pages

Excavation methods and strategies

chapter 6|10 pages


chapter 7|10 pages

Dating archaeological materials

chapter 8|14 pages

Lithic analysis

chapter 9|17 pages

Ceramic analysis

chapter 10|11 pages

Floral and faunal analysis

chapter 11|8 pages

Presenting results