Introduction to Archaeological Survey and Stone Tool Illustration

|Introduction to Archaeological Survey and Stone Tool Illustration

Last week the student went out to survey a local gravel collection site for a taster session on how to use a Total Station as part of Archaeological Surveying. They were joined by Dr. Chad Hill who specializes in Middle Eastern Archaeology and Aerial Survey. Earlier in the day he had given a lecture on the various methods and techniques of archaeological surveying. Later during the field exercise, he showed the students how a quadcopter can be employed to take aerial photographs.

Dr. Chad Hill teaches the students how to use the Total Station

Dr. Chad Hill teaches the students how to use the Total Station

Zach, Casey, Lorraine, Luisa and Catherine take turns in holding the prism for the Total Station

Zach, Casey, Lorraine, Luisa and Catherine take turns in holding the prism for the Total Station

Chad Hill shows off his shiny quadcopter with a flight demonstration

Chad Hill shows off his shiny quadcopter with a flight demonstration

The following day Dr. Sonia Harmand gave a lecture on the different types of stone tools associated to the Early Stone Age and how they can be identified. After a short break the students got the chance to study them first hand during a practical class on stone tool identification and illustration. Here are some pictures.

Students get together for a practical class in stone tool illustration

Students get together for a practical class in stone tool illustration

Casey draws a bifacial tool

Casey draws a chopping tool

Nyete and Luisa practice sketching

Nyete and Luisa practice sketching

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:03+00:00 November 12th, 2013|Field Schools|Comments Off on Introduction to Archaeological Survey and Stone Tool Illustration

About the Author:

Hi! I am Kat Warren and I am the Teaching Assistant for the Spring 2014 field school. While I am here I am also involved in the African Fossils Project (africanfossils.org) where I am 3D-scanning modern African fauna, fossils and archaeological material. I am a recent graduate in Archaeological Science from the University of Sheffield and my current interests lie in the evolution of cognition, and primate behaviour as a means to understand the cognitive frameworks of our earliest ancestors.