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Although there is hardly any consensus on the definition of the term archaeological site, in general it implies a spatially defined clustering of archaeological materials, deposited by human activity. The ongoing debate on this subject amongst survey archaeologists is mainly caused by the difficulty to distinct specific cultural activity from post-deposition processes within artefact scatters in the archaeological landscape. In practice, this distinction tends to be based on quantitative sherd density figures.

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Research topics: Survey Methodology