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I need to find a good instructional book on amateur archaeology?

  1. Apr 20, 2012 #1
    *Now, before I begin, I would like to make very clear that I am NOT an unethical person and will give all of my finds to the legitimate museum.*

    I need a book that provides instructions as to how to properly preserve specimens and buildings, how to properly find a site and how to properly follow the law.

    I have heard that the "Amateur Archaeologist's Handbook" is a good book on this matter. However, I think that the book might be a bit outdated since it was published in 1981.

    Do you guys know of any good, newer books?

    Thank you
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  3. Apr 20, 2012 #2


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    I would respectfully ask that you refrain from striking off on your own, and volunteer to work on digs run by your local university. Properly-run digs are conducted in the context of the area and the society(s) that could have contributed to the site. Without such context and historical understanding, you could unwittingly destroy the most important evidence in a dig. It's not all about digging up wonderful artifacts.
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