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Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology

Methods, Techniques, Interpretations and Field Examples


Edited By Amina-Aïcha Malek

The Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology addresses the increasing need among archaeologists, who discover a garden during their own excavation project, for advice and update on current issues in garden archaeology. It also aims at stimulating broader interest in garden archaeology. Archaeologists with no specific training in garden archaeology will read about specific problems of soil archaeology with a handful of well-developed techniques, critical discussions and a number of extremely different uses. Methods are described in sufficient detail for any archaeologist to engage into field work, adapt them to their own context and develop their own methodology. While the Sourcebook aims at bringing together different disciplines related to garden archaeology and providing an overview of present knowledge, it also hopes to encourage development of new directions for the future.


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Gardens for Archaeologists Amina-Aïcha MALEK THE MAKING OF THE BOOK The Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology is part of the intellectual heritage of Wilhelmina Jashemski and of a project initiated by Edward Keenan, Director of Dumbarton Oaks, to establish a “clearing house” for Garden archaeology as a major resource for all garden archaeologists. Since the seventies and for twenty years, Dumbarton Oaks has been involved in garden archaeology, organizing symposia, offering in-house fellowships for garden archaeology and support for outside projects. In 1991, Dumbarton Oaks decided to launch an inter- departmental project shared by the three programs of studies, the Byzantine, the Pre-Columbian and the Garden and Landscape, under the direction of Jashemski to promote garden archaeology with three mains goals: the publication of a sourcebook on garden archaeology, the establishment of a network of garden archaeologists and the updating of the Dumbarton Oaks research collection library in garden archaeology. Only the first of these three goals has been systematically pursued so far. It is a great pleasure to thank the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) and the Fondation des Parcs et Jardins de France. I would like to present my deepest gratitude to the authors for their long-lasting support to this project over the years. It is the outcome of a very long process that has come to fruition thanks to the support of the Laboratoire “Archéologies d’Orient et d’Occident et des textes anciens” UMR 8546 CNRS-ENS. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to...

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