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PREFERRED TERM
shovel test  
DEFINITION
  • An extensive survey technique to sample the content of topsoil within a defined area by taking a fixed volume of soil (usually a shovelful) out of the ground and sieving/screening it to separate out and quantify the artefact population. Widely used in the field evaluation of large areas in order to identify buried sites and define their approximate extent.
BROADER CONCEPT
SOURCE
  • Darvill, T. (2009). The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Archaeology (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.
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