By Philip Howard

A accomplished and sensible consultant to surveying for archaeologists, with transparent directions in archaeological mapping, recording box paintings and unique case stories from the united kingdom, Europe and the U.S..

Philip Howard presents a user’s consultant to tools and tools of surveying to allow archaeologists to symbolize their very own fieldwork hopefully and independently. Archaeological Surveying is a useful source which:

* offers beginner’s directions to software program utilized in computerised surveying, together with IntelliCAD 2000, Terrain instruments, Christine GIS and worldwide Mapper
* introduces the archaeologist to a number surveying tools corresponding to GPS, digital distance measures, theodolites and magnetic compasses
* contains reasonably cheap software.

This textbook is a necessary learn for any box archaeologists who're wanting an advent to surveying, or just desire to replace their techniques.

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The angle at F is 101°57′32′′, and with respect to the line FA this angle goes anticlockwise, which means that it has to be subtracted from the bearing FA (since bearings increment positively in the clockwise direction). Subtracting 101°57′32′′ from 90° gives −11°57′32′′, and since bearings are required to be positive 360 is added, to give 348°02′28′′. Looking at the diagram it’s evident that point A is close to the direction of north when viewed from F, but it’s west of north, which means that its bearing will be close to 360° rather than close to zero as it would be if it were east of north.

These methods were devised by surveyors to avoid the problems associated with direct distance measurement. The method most commonly encountered is also sometimes called ‘stadia tacheometry’, and is itself a technique with a considerable history, having apparently been independently invented by a Dane, a Scot, and an Englishman, all of whom were working in the second half of the eighteenth century. It requires a theodolite (or a level if absolutely necessary, though this is really an inappropriate use of the instrument) and a standard levelling staff.

1 seconds of arc. Very expensive, and much more sophisticated than required for surveys of archaeological sites. Class II: again designed for work of a very high order of precision, measuring angles to one second of arc (and often referred to as ‘one-second’ theodolites). Justifiable for very large-scale archaeological work, and for tying in to national co-ordinate systems, but not really needed for smaller archaeological projects. Class III: general purpose instruments, designed for survey and construction work and typically measuring angles to 20 seconds of arc.

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