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We have finally completed the most tedious part of lab work, washing and
labeling the artifacts. This part of the project has gone remarkably
quickly since our students have been dedicated, coming to the lab regularly
and keeping up with their assigned tasks. Over two years, we've handled
maybe 60,000 artifacts.
From every piece of coal, shell, and window glass to the arrowhead, dog tag,
and forked mystery object, each artifact got a number. Now we have begun to
combine like artifacts so we can mend broken ceramics and glass and compare
similar objects. We're also trying to define specific time frames for each
unit. Once this is done we will use Access and Excel data bases to compare
We will create charts and graphs to show us, for example, when artifacts
were made and used, where they were used (clusters of artifacts suggest
activity areas), or where they were discarded.
Next, we'll move on to analyze the stratigraphy of the site by creating 3D
site maps that will show us the lay of the land at each stage in the history
of the property.
From there we will photograph, scan, and draw representative artifacts of
rare types or styles. These may be used for publication purposes or museum
displays. They will also be added to the data bases so that anyone will be
able to access the images and the information in the future.
The final step will be to the take the information that has been entered
into these various data bases and apply them to the research questions posed
in the beginning of the project. Stay tuned.
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