Meanwhile, back at the lab…

For every hour archaeologists spend in the field, they will spend many more in a scientific laboratory washing, separating, labeling, cataloging, and analyzing artifacts. Other samples gathered, for example, tree ring, soil, and pollen samples, may be sent to specialized labs for analysis, and the data gathered is recorded and added to the official record (or “site report”) of the excavation. The next step is to process all of the archaeological data. Processing can include everything from conservation methods to database entry. All of the detailed information gathered during excavation is further explored back in the lab, and that data is put to use as the artifacts are identified and patterns are studied for further interpretation of the site. For more info see Interpretation and Outreach.

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