By Heather Burke

Right here, in a single quantity, is every thing it is important to behavior fieldwork in archaeology greater than two hundred charts, checklists, graphs, maps and diagrams basically illustrate find out how to layout, fund, examine, map, list, interpret, photo, examine - and write up - your fieldwork. completely complete, The Archaeologist's box guide is designed for each form of archaeological perform - from basic web site recordings to expert consultancies - for someone who desires to checklist historical past websites responsibly. This hands-on guide offers step by step directions on the way to adopt and effectively whole all kinds of fieldwork.

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Indigenous knowledge is rarely definitive (in the sense that there is only one ‘right’ answer) and it is often restricted. Because access to this knowledge is a source of power, it must be controlled by people with the appropriate qualifications (usually based on age seniority). In terms of archaeological fieldwork, this means that it is essential you obtain your information from the correct people—those who hold the appropriate knowledge of those sites. Bear in mind that, even if you are working on historical sites, you may still need to consult with the senior custodians of the people on whose land the sites are located.

Unfortunately, this varies widely and is not necessarily equally effective in all states. Some states are much stricter in their requirements than others, even down to the preferred format in which you should present your report. In general, all states require you to apply for a permit before you excavate, collect or otherwise disturb a site. Before an administering authority will approve such a permit, however, it will require you to demonstrate that you have carefully thought through your fieldwork.

If you are working on a consultancy project, it is the client funding the research who technically owns this archive, and you therefore have some responsibility to turn the contents of the archive over to them. This raises two thorny problems. First, who owns the intellectual property generated by your project? And second, what are the ethical responsibilities for keeping project archives accessible? In general, it is unethical for you to retain exclusive rights to information which you have been paid to collect as part of a project, unless this has been clearly identified as a necessary part of the process (for example, when Indigenous people request that information be protected as sensitive).

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