Book: The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant
Chapter: 16. How do you know what things to record?
One purpose for digging is to acquire data from the excavated field. Since archaeological excavation is an irreversible process of destroying the primary context of what is being dug, all data pertinent to the immediate and long-term goals are subject to be collected through systematic recordings, such as verbal descriptions, drawings, and photography, in both the fields while digging and labs after digging.