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Investigation Types

CRM

Research projects undertaken on a contract basis, in compliance with heritage-management legislation or policies administered by local, state or federal government agencies.

Archaeological assessment A project which assesses the potential for archaeological heritage. Associated documents may include an Archaeological Assessment, Archaeological Management Plan or Archaeological Zoning Plan.
Archaeological research design A project which outlines a comprehensive proposal for the excavation of an archaeological site, including major research questions. In some states, a Research Design is required prior to the issue of an excavation permit.
Archaeological excavation A project which involves systematic, physical investigation and recording of subsurface features on an archaeological site, including test-trenching and open-area excavation.
Archaeological survey A project which involves systematic, physical investigation and recording of aboveground features of an archaeological site.
Artefact catalogue A project which identifies and catalogues artefacts recovered from an archaeological site.
Assemblage analysis A project which undertakes numerical comparison of artefact catalogue data.
Palynological analysis A project which undertakes chemical or microscopic analysis of pollen samples recovered from archaeological sites.
Other contract research A project which carries out any other kind of investigation or assessment of archaeological sites or relics, or associated documentation, not identified above.

Academic

Research projects undertaken by students as part of the fulfilment of requirements for a university degree, OR by university staff or affiliates undertaking publicly funded research.

PhD Research A project completed in fulfilment of a Doctorate of Philosophy.
Honours/Masters Research A project completed in fulfilment of an honours or masters degree in archaeology or associated fields.
Postgraduate Research A project completed by a postgraduate fellow or associate undertaking publicly funded research.
Other Academic Research A project undertaking publicly funded research administered by a university which is not identified above.

Museum

Collections Management A project undertaken to guide or support the management of an archaeological collection held by a museum or associated repository.
Collections Research A project undertaken to enhance research about an archaeological collection held by a museum or associated repository.

Other

Other Research A project undertaking privately funded research, not administered by a university or undertaken in compliance with legislation.

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