Surveying the Landscape: Surface Surveys as an Archaeological Technique

By Caitlin Gulihur

Caitlin surveying her survey area

Caitlin surveying her survey area

While what happens during and after excavations of archaeological sites are popular subjects of previous PAST posts, this post deals with a different type of archaeological work – the survey. Surveys are useful for both finding unrecorded sites and to answer research questions about large-scale issues, such as landscape use. Survey work presents its own unique rewards and challenges, some of which I became familiar with during the course of gathering data for my Master’s thesis. Continue reading