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Preface. I. Introduction. II. The Goals of Archaeological Survey. III. The Discovery of Archaeological Materials by Survey. IV. Units, Sampling Frames, and Edge Effects in Archaeological Survey. V. Sampling Space: Statistical Surveys. VI. Purposive Survey: Prospection. VII. Surveying for Spatial Structure. VIII. Cultural Resource Management and Site Significance. IX. Surveying Sites and Landscapes. X. Evaluating Surveys. XI. Surveying the Future. Appendix 1. Health, Safety, and Practical Matters in Field Survey. Bibliography. Index.

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An outstanding academic title (Choice)


"E.B. Banning's Archaeological Survey deserves praise for gathering, in one place, a wealth of information on one of archaeology's fundamentals [...] Having read this book, though, I would not think of designing a sample survey without referring back to it [...] Archaeological Survey is the first volume in a new series, Manuals in Archaeological Method, Theory and Techniques, edited by Charles Orser and Michael Schiffer. If Banning's contribution is any guide, the Manuals will become valued and much-cited additions to archaeologists' bookshelves."
(David A. Phillips Jr. (Journal of Anthropological Research, 59, 2003)

"Although surveys have been important to archaeological research for decades, most authors address the subject in a cursory manner, often as a mere prelude to excavation. Banning (Univ. of Toronto) fills this gap with a comprehensive manual devoted exclusively to archaeological surveys. He begins with a discussion of the history of archaeological surveys and their unique contributions to archaeological research- Subsequent chapters address the goals of surveys; discuss how surveys are used to discover archaeological materials; analyze the importance of sampling; illustrate how surveys help archaeologists discover spatial structure; summarize the role of surveys in cultural resource management; and suggest several approaches to the evaluation of archaeological surveys. A thorough, up-to-date bibliography and a comprehensive index conclude the volume. Although at times the discussion can be difficult reading, the volume is generally well written and capably edited. A few more detailed examples would have helped to flesh out certain concepts, but that is a minor issue. This is the only currently available comprehensive treatment of archaeological surveys. Highly recommended."
(W. Kotter, Weber State University (Choice, July 2003)

"E.B. Banning's Archaeological Survey is a volume I would recommend to any geoscientist who wants, and perhaps even needs, to better understand what an archaeologist means by the word 'site'. The book surveys the methods, technologies, and theoretical approaches that archaeologists use to find, record, and analyze archaeological sites."
(Joe Alan Artz, University of Iowa (Geoarchaeology: An International Journal, 19:7, 2004)

"... it is far more than a mere handbook of archaeological surveying practices. It includes well-developed discussions on the theories behind them and the pros and cons of each method."

"Each aspect of archaeological survey is introduced together with the theory on which it is based, followed by a discussion of applicability and problems likely to be encountered in interpretation of data yielded. The reader will particularly benefit from these discussions, obviously based on the author's considerable personal experience and a broad knowledge ofthe subject, amply reflected in an extensive and highly eclectic bibliography."

"This work should find its place on the shelf of any serious archaeological surveyor, fledgling or seasoned hand especially interested in modern, scientific approaches. It offers the reader a virtual banquet of information that treats the subject in a comprehensive manner with surprising depth for a volume of relatively modest proportions. In addition, it is a good sourcebook with numerous citations and a large bibliography useful for directing additional queries and research. Its theoretical content, and especially the questions it raises concerning basic concepts, will be of interest to any archaeologist."
(Eliot Braun, SAS Bulletin 27 [2004])

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