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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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Part VII A Garden of Practical Examples 549


Part VII A Garden of Practical Examples The past chapters of the volume proposed a strategy of excavation and a range of different methods and techniques that do not pretend to be universal. Rather they were written by professionals who discussed their experiences, with the recognition that in archaeology every site is different and thus calls for a different strategy. To help the reader with the complex task of establishing his own methodology, the following section offers a short presentation of a wide variety of gardens excavated in different geographical areas and periods. We hope that the reader will find among these examples, which give a sense of the variety of circumstances, goals, and practices, some methodological approaches applicable to the specific conditions of his site. The gardens are presented according to a roughly geographical order of countries (or rather, their capital cities) starting from the 0° meridian going toward the East (England, France, Switzerland, Tunisia, Italy, Poland, Jordan, Syria, Pakistan, India, China, Japan, Hawaii, Mexico, El Salvador, Bolivia, Peru, United States of America, and Spain). Some of the gardens have already been discussed in earlier chapters where only a particular aspect of the excavation was presented. Each author offers a detailed synopsis of their excavation in which they examine the circumstances under which the garden was examined (location, history, and description of the site), the methods used, and the results. (AAM) Chapter 1 Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens, West Midlands, England, UK Christopher CURRIE* CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH THE GARDEN WAS...

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