CHAPTER 1

Archaeological Projects

Past and Present

Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to:

describe what archaeology is and its main objectives and purposes and how an archaeological project is conceived and developed nowadays;

differentiate between the types of archaeological projects, their life cycles, and actors;

explain why a project management approach is so valuable in solving and carrying out successful archaeological projects; and

describe the archeological project life cycle and the actors involved.

1.1 Background of Archaeology Projects

Since its origins as a formal and scientific endeavor during the first half of the XIX century, archaeology has involved two very specific types of activities:

1. the ...

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