Thursday, May 19, 2011
Lab Work 5-18-11
Greetings fellow would-be archaeologists. On Weds. the 18th Brenna, Richie and Myself began some of the lab work that we will be partaking in soon. Charles brought all of our surface collections to the archeology lab on campus (The "Cage" for those of you in the know). We then went through the process of painstakingly rinsing and brushing all the dirt and grime off all the artifacts. For everything that wasn't bone or charcoal we soaked it in water to loosen up the dirt and then used toothbrushes to brush away the detritus. When cleaning and drying the artifacts it's very important to keep everything together with the bag it came from so that you don't lose your provenience information.
When all was said and done we managed to get through a lot of the surface artifacts, Brenna took some photos of all the material laid out to dry on and hopefully she posts these images to the blog shortly so you guys can get an idea of just how much stuff we've collected.