Writing Archaeological Report
The trouble is, I am so used to writing papers for english, psychology, etc. classes that I am finding it very difficult to understand the approach to an archaeological report. Directions say I am supposed to describe and contrast the levels of social, economic, political complexity found in the sites. It also says that there is way more than enough information, but to recover as much of the important data as possible to fit in the 5 page requirement. Now does this mean I should copy a lot of details to the report, then add my interpretations?
Any help would be greatly helpful and appreciated! Thanks
Post ID#16326 - replied 11/29/2009 10:05 PM
Post ID#16340 - replied 11/30/2009 10:09 PM
For example. In report A he describes the building materials of the excavation being made of solid gold...so quote it how he describes it in report. in Report B the author says "The buildings were mostly made of mud and clay to provide strong walls" in comparison you can see how gold signafies a society with a larger disposable income.
things like that work well for comparing and contrasting.
Post ID#16350 - replied 12/1/2009 10:54 AM
You should "copy" as little as possible - however, for every piece of data you use you need to cite the source. You may be able to do this simply by stating early that - "2 sites will be examined, all data from site 1 comes from Source X, while all data on Site 2 comes form Source Y.
The SAA (Society for American Archaeology) style of citing material is actually very simple. In your text you simply parathentically list the source - - "blah blah blah" (Author year:page). This style tries to keep footnotes/endnotes to a minimum, and never use Ibid.
Your bibliography should be arranged alphabetically, then by year of pub. Although you should not need them for this assignment -full details on the citation style can be found at: http://saa.org/AbouttheSociety/Publications/StyleGuide/tabid/984/Default.aspx
As for how to present the material - first look it over and summarize it for yourself. FireArchs suggestions about a table format is a good one - especially for helping you to understand the data yourself. But once you have a handle on it, be able to describe it in your own words. That keeps the need for citation (and potential for plagiarsm - even unintentional) down. If your tables work out well, definitely inlcude them, but you need to be able to describe what they are saying. If you simply plop in tables wth no description, don't expect a good grade.
Post ID#16353 - replied 12/2/2009 3:40 AM