Professional Data Management Activities
note taking during field work, followed by swift and concise reporting
of results are two of the most important activities for a professional
archaeologist to record important information about the past as it is
revealed, but also destroyed by our excavations. These documentary
practices are codified in the ethical standards expected by professional
research organizations, and very frequently are a legal requirement of
fieldwork regulated by a government office in the United States or
internationally (as the state of Indiana monitors our work at Collier
Taking - Online and Hard Copy
keep a physical and online notebook that will be reviewed regularly, and
your entries are very important in the documentation of the excavation.
Please ensure your personal notes, excavation forms, and laboratory
forms are all clear and complete.
notes will be
maintained in two ways:
Excavation forms for the project should be completed immediately and as
completely as possible. These will be an important resource for your
individual notebook should be updated throughout each field day, to
remind yourself of important activities in your unit or at the site, to
record your assessment of project progress, and to note potential
interpretations of your finds for later testing. Good times to write in
your notebook are after completing forms, after lunch, and on the ride
notes will be
maintained in Google Docs:
Create a Google accountIf you have an existing
account you may use that one or create a new one to communicate with the
class as you choose.
instructors will give you access to a series of Google Docs documents,
one for each excavation unit or other analytical
activity at the site.
Wednesday and Friday, those who have significantly worked on an activity
(i.e. filled out forms, made maps, or created other information) should
coordinate their notes to type up an online log of the activity.a. Dr.
Wells and Dr. Schurr will review the notes for discussion each Tuesday
notebook computers will be available at the site and in the vehicles for
you to type rough draftsand save them to a USB drive or email them to
yourself upon return to campus.
The Google Docs materials will be made publicly available through the
project website and the KVHS as part of our outreach - write like the
world is watching! (note: only students and instructors will be able to
Reporting of Results
your final week of class, you will use Google Docs to write a brief,
formal narrative on the fundamentals of the excavation and/or lab work
you were involved with (3-5 pages).
will be a professional essay that can be integrated into the next report
to the State of Indiana and will make your activities intelligible to
future researchers who are interested in reusing data gathered in 2011.
Students will be expected to review and comment on one another's work
Instructors and official paperwork will be made available for guidance
with Prior Excavations and Other Features.
83-85 / N 94-96
86-88 / N 92-94
84-86 / N 91-92
80-82 / N 89-91
83-84 / N 84-86
90-92 / N 90/91