The Goals of Archaeological Survey

  • E. B. Banning
Part of the Manuals in Archaeological Method, Theory, and Technique book series (MATT)


It is easy to think of examples of surveys that failed to detect the sites of greatest interest, that provided biased estimates of a site’s date or importance, or that yielded none of the contextual information or economic evidence needed to investigate a particular research problem. Most failures of archaeological survey, however, are due to inappropriate survey design and especially to failure to tailor that design to the survey’s objectives.


Geographic Information System Site Type Statistical Survey Archaeological Material Archaeological Remains 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. B. Banning
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  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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