Ploughzone archaeology on an Australian historic site

Brooks, Alasdair, Bader, Hans-Dieter, Lawrence, Susan and Lennon, Jane 2009, Ploughzone archaeology on an Australian historic site, Australian archaeology, vol. 68, pp. 37-44.

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Title Ploughzone archaeology on an Australian historic site
Author(s) Brooks, Alasdair
Bader, Hans-Dieter
Lawrence, Susan
Lennon, Jane
Journal name Australian archaeology
Volume number 68
Start page 37
End page 44
Publisher Australian Archaeological Association Inc.
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2009-06
ISSN 0312-2417
Summary Archaeologists are often confronted with sites featuring post-occupation disturbance. At rural sites, this disturbance often comes in the form of agricultural activity, such as ploughing and grazing. These disturbances can call into question the value of site spatial relationships and broader data integrity. Between 2006 and 2007, archaeologists from La Trobe University and New Zealand-based consultancy firm Geometria carried out a programme of fieldwork at an 18411861 cottage in Gippsland, Victoria. The site is now an open grazing paddock that has been ploughed on several occasions in the past. The survey techniques used by the archaeological team, which included geomagnetic survey and artefact surface scatter mapping, allowed for testing the integrity of the ploughed archaeological deposits prior to excavation, and provide a case study for the applicability of ploughzone archaeology techniques to Australian historic sites.
Language eng
Field of Research 210104 Archaeology of Australia (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30023637

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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