Questions related to Archaeological Prospection
I am looking for a handheld/backpack device? GPR, magnetometer or earth resistant, which one is better and why?
Thank you in advance for discussion on this.
I´m interesting in the metodology and results of archaeological prospections of hunter gatherer societies exclusively focused in the river shores.
Hi, I'm looking for publications in which the scatter of medieval pottery around villages brought there by manuring is mapped. When doing fieldwalking and recording the findspots of the shards using a GPS receiver, which method would you suggest?
We excavated an Early Iron Age well in the Czech Republic last year and we are looking for comparable set of paleo-environmental analyses coming from recent excavations.
I am studying an archaeological site (ca 4600-4200 cal BC) where two, up to 2m deep pits were discovered, which are broader towards the bottom and narrower at the level from which they were dug.
If I remember correctly from some lectures and papers, these are usually interpreted as storage pits. One of the pit from our site (see attached file) had a burnt layer (or several layers) 10cm thick with a lot of charcoal at the bottom. The whole pit was subsequently filled with dirt containing pottery. The fill can be separated into an upper and lower layer (one 70, other 90cm deep), which are separated by a 20-30cm thick layer containing no pottery. This is quite an interesting deposition and would require a lot of attention.
What is the usual interpretation of pits of such shape? Were they primarily storage pits, used later for other activities such as for firing, disposing of refuse etc? Are there any good comparisons in the European Neolithic and Eneolithic? I am interested in any literature dealing with these pits specifically, but also any good references for how to deal with the deposits in these pits. Any ideas?