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Fieldnotes and Feature Plan
Keeping a notebook is a very important part of an archaeological project. This is an example of a student’s field notebook from an archaeological field school. Students must record what they did each day, and they are urged to record their observations in as clear a manner as possible. This particular student was describing the difficulty he was having identifying postmolds. Special forms are often used to record important areas of the excavations. This form shows the drawing of the top of a large pit feature, Feature 1. This particular pit was used as a cook pit that was cleaned out and lined with sand a number of times.
Photo credit: George Avery
Source: Williamson Museum, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana