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Square Samples

Square Samples

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Under circumstances where ground visibility tends to be extremely bad, mostly due to a continuous low vegetation cover, this sampling strategy is sometimes used as an alternative for common field-walking methods. The vegetation and the organic topsoil is being removed within a square or circular unit of a predetermined size and all encountered archaeological materials are counted or collected. Often their position and size is prefixed, based on the principles of statistic sampling, in order to collect data which is representative for the entire archaeological landscape.


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Research topics: Survey Methodology