Excavation Planning and Logistics: The HMS <i>Swift</i> Project

Chris Underwood

in The Oxford Handbook of Maritime Archaeology

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195375176
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Excavation Planning and Logistics: The HMS Swift Project

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For research projects, it is important to understand the relationship between the aims of the project and the resources available to complete the project. The HMS Swift project is a project that involves excavation, finds handling, conservation, and protection of the excavated areas. This article describes the preparation and procedure of excavation projects, the equipment used in excavation, technique, and safety considerations. A recovery operation depends on the size and number of the artifacts recovered. On completion of the excavation of a particular area or at the end of each field season, the exposed area is covered, but the method varies depending on whether the area has been finished or further excavation is planned. The complete archaeological collection is held in the museum's conservation and storage facilities. The local population plays an active role in the site's protection; therefore the archaeological site is not threatened by looting.

Keywords: excavation projects; HMW Swift project; excavation; safety considerations; recovery operation; archaeological collection

Article.  11301 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeological Methodology and Techniques

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