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Tools of the Trade "Brooklyn's Eighteenth-Century Lott House"


[image] A stadia rod read from a surveyor's transit reveals the elevation of a point on the ground so excavators know how deep they've dug and can compare the depth of features to see if they relate. (Courtesy Brooklyn College) [LARGER IMAGE]


Using a trowel, an excavator carefully cleans a scarp to prepare it for photographing and drawing. (Courtesy Brooklyn College) [LARGER IMAGE][image]


[image] An excavator uses a brush to delicately remove lightly packed dirt to expose a feature. (Courtesy Brooklyn College) [LARGER IMAGE]


Students sift excavated soil in search of small artifacts like nails, ceramic fragments, and organic material like seeds, shell, and bone. (Courtesy Brooklyn College) [LARGER IMAGE][image]


[image] Students learn to use a corer--a long, narrow tool that twists into the ground to pull up a vertical sample of soil, enabling archaeologists to view underlying strata without excavating an entire trench. (Elizabeth Himelfarb and Amélie Walker) Read about a corer in action. [LARGER IMAGE]

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