You need to be able to
understand the key methods used by archaeologists to locate and define sites
identify some strengths and limitations of the most important techniques
suggest appropriate methods for locating and exploring sites in particular circumstances
establish your own system of note-taking for the course.
Archaeologists use a wide range of reconnaissance techniques to locate archaeological sites and to investigate sites without excavating them. Some archaeologists predict that future advances in these non-invasive, and non-destructive, methods may see them emerge as an alternative to excavation. Reconnaissance techniques are also used to
Figure 1.1Factors influencing the choice of reconnaissance method