Methods and Problems in the Site Census Approach: A View form Mewar through Archaeology and EthnohistoryHeritage: Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies in Archaeology (2015)
The practice of conducting a regional census has some similarities but many differences from systematic archaeological survey. Both attempt to study "sites" or material traces of human activities in the past, but the idea of an archaeological "census" utilizes a more informal approach to visiting sites that have been previously documented by earlier researchers. Archaeological census has the goal of assessing site destruction, degradation, and various issues associated with heritage management. The method can provide valuable data about the current status of sites and serve as an expedient tool for future research planning as well as in the development of community and cultural resource management strategies. In this paper, we present census details from a multi-year project conducted in the Mewar Plain of Rajasthan, outlining our methods and the various conditions that shaped our approach and results, emphasizing in particular the role of ethnohistory.
- Archaeological Census,
- Archaeological Survey,
- Oral History,
- Rajasthan Archaeology,
Citation InformationNamita Sugandhi, Teresa Raczek, Prabodh Shirvalkar, Charles K. Brummeler, et al.. "Methods and Problems in the Site Census Approach: A View form Mewar through Archaeology and Ethnohistory" Heritage: Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies in Archaeology Vol. 3 (2015) p. 163 - 179
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