Excavation proposal and research design
Using the information that you have accumulated
throughout the semester from class discussion, readings and
assignments, you will prepare an excavation
proposal and research
for any place that you would like to investigate.
1. The proposal will be much like what you did for the assignment of
9/7, but much more focused and detailed. You will want to name the
place/culture and/or time period you plan to investigate, where it is
located and the current status of the remains. You will end with a
clear statement of why you feel it worthy/necessary for archaeological
investigation and specifically what your personal interest is.
2. Then you will want to prepare a research design outlining your
plan of attack. Start with the QUESTION to be answered, the statement
of interest presented in your proposal and then carefully describe your
approach (to dig or not to dig), equipment and necessary specialists, a
timeline of the project, including study time and what you plan to do
as far as publication is concerned. Do you have money? from where? How
will you address sensitive cultural issues and what are your long term
plans for presentation and conservation? Always keep in mind your
research goal (what do you want to discover?) and what you will need to
reach that goal.
3. A proposal and research design are always stronger when illustrated,
so do include a map and/or plan and perhaps a relevant photo of remains
or artifacts. A brief bibliography of sources to support your claims of
necessary research is always a good idea and can consist of material
from the course reader, text book, other articles and websites.
DUE in seminar 11/30/2016!