This book aims to bring together a number of examples to illustrate the development and use of the Harris Matrix in describing and interpreting archaeological sites. This matrix, the theory of which is described in the two editions of Harris' previous book "Principles of Archaeological Stratigraphy", has made possible a simple diagrammatic representation of the stratigraphic sequence of an archaeological site, even a complex site. Here 17 essays present a sample of new work demonstrating the strengths and uses of the Harris Matrix. The relationships between the Harris method, open-air excavation techniques, the current interpretation of interfaces and the use of single-context plans and recording sheets is clarified by reference to specific sites, ranging from medieval Europe, through Mayan civilizations to colonial Williamsburg in the USA. This book should be of use to those involved in excavating and recording archaeological sites and should help to ensure that the maximum amount of site information can be gathered from future investigations.
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