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Stratigraphy: Why do Archaeologists Care about Dirt?

Stratigraphy: Why do Archaeologists Care about Dirt?

Archaeology wouldn’t be able to do the vast majority of what it does without a solid foundation in stratigraphy and soil layers.  Most of the relations between objects, peoples, and eras come from an understanding of these two concepts.  If…

Archaeology 101: What We Find

Archaeology 101: What We Find

Dirt. Archaeologists primarily find dirt, dirt, and more dirt. Many people engaging in archaeology for the first time are surprised at how much dirt we move over the course of an excavation, and rightfully so. But archaeologists do find quite a few other things, and they talk a lot about what they’ve found. So what is it that we look for in archaeology, and how do we categorize our finds?

Trenches and Grids: How do Archaeologists Dig?

Trenches and Grids: How do Archaeologists Dig?

There are many things that go into excavation, many of which I will discuss in future posts. For right now, though, let’s talk about general excavations strategies.

Site Assessment: Where, When, & Why do Archaeologists Dig?

Site Assessment: Where, When, & Why do Archaeologists Dig?

Once we’ve found a site and have located it within a general area, we need to assess it. This means looking around the site for archaeologically relevant finds.

The What, Why, and How of Archaeological Survey

The What, Why, and How of Archaeological Survey

I’m starting a new segment that I’m hoping will detail some of the things archaeologists do and why we do them. Well, that and show off some of my pictures from various digs. The goal is to spread the word on the kind of work we do and what exactly happens at an archaeological site.

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