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By Craig Spence

Book of this 3rd version of the London division of city Archaeology's handbook locations their massive adventure inside of everyone's succeed in. it's been designed `for use within the box and covers the equipment and strategies hired through MOLAS in either recording and excavation. it's prepared in sections from easy contexts corresponding to deposits and cuts, during the linked task of environmental sampling, to extra complicated beneficial properties akin to masonry and bushes buildings. extra sections care for skeleton and coffin recording and unearths recovery.' The 1994 variation has new sections on images, surveying and proposals for the contents of a domain archive. even though it relies on paintings in an city atmosphere, it truly is adaptable to different stipulations. A5, free leaf structure. (Museum of London, third version 1994)

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It can only be a general guide and should not replace on-site discussion with staff of the Environmental Department. Why take samples ? Environmental remains can provide three general categories of information: Environmental: Information on the general climatic, environmental or ecological conditions prevailing on or near the site. Economic: Contributions to our understanding of the economy of a site or period. At its simplest level this may relate to what was eaten on the site and comprise a list of plants and animals identified from food waste.

Sample is: It is important to know if the sample is the whole or part of the timber, or if it is a slice. If the latter, what it is a slice of'? Item is: Is the piece part of a structure or is it a stray piece with no other associated wood or structural evidence? If structural, part of: If the sample is part of a structure state what that structure is; give contextlstructure number, if assigned. Evidence of reuse: Does the shape or features of the wood suggest that it has been reworked? Original use: If the wood has been reused, is it possible to determine what the original use was?

Break of slope - top: Describe the degree with which the top surface of the edge of the cut breaks into the sides. Use the following accepted terms: 'sharp', 'gradual' or 'not perceptible' (Fig. Note that cuts are often truncated so this may not be the true break of slope (see paragraph 10 below). Sharp Gradual Not perceptible 16 Rrmk ofslopc~at the top of a cut. 5 . Sides: Describe the sides in terms of their smoothness or irregularity, and state whether they are 'vertical', 'convex', 'concave' or 'stepped', giving details for each side of a multi-sided cut.

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