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date: 16 June 2024

fieldwalking [Te] 

Source:
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology
Author(s):

Timothy Darvill

A powerful archaeological technique to systematically sample the upper surface of cultivated or disturbed ground in an effort to locate or map the distribution and extent of archaeological sites. The basic assumption is made that the topsoil contains distinctive traces of archaeological activity—fingerprints of what has gone on in the past. In this sense the topsoil is treated as a single extensive open archaeological context. It includes material that has been deposited onto or into the topsoil from above, for example ... ...

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