Anthropology and Classical Studies Faculty Research

Title

Shovel-Test Sampling in Archaeological Survey: Comments on Nance and Ball, and Lightfoot

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 4-1989

Abstract

Shovel-test sampling is the most common site-discovery technique used in vegetated areas, but its effectiveness is questionable. Recent papers in American Antiquity by Nance and Ball and by Lightfoot discuss the technique at length. The papers are welcome additions to the literature, but both contain deficiencies that require comment and clarification.

Publication Title

American Antiquity

Volume

54

Issue

2

First Page

396

Last Page

404