Our poetically minded archaeologist continues her work today.
where artifacts gather close
Now that the controlled surface collection is done, our intrepid archaeologist is back in her lab, warming her chapped hands and slathering on another round of moisturizer. She goes through a lot of it. Working outside in all kinds of conditions and digging in the dirt takes its toll.
She (or a crew field chief) sketched out a site map with the controlled artifact collection while still in the field. Since she’s old school, she used graph paper to record how many artifacts were collected from each square. Now in the lab, she’s done a quick and dirty scan of the artifacts collected to see what’s showing up in those squares, like European or American ceramics and glass and Native American stone tools or waste material from making those tools.
When she writes her report, she’ll include a graphic figure similar to the one below, which is extremely simplified, by the way. I didn’t want to pull a real figure from a report, and a “real” fictional one would take a lot of time for me to prepare. (If you’d like, you can click on the figure to bring up a larger image that’s more legible.)
Most of the artifacts found on the surface fell into three easily seen clusters within the site area. When she goes back into the field, she’ll place most of her test excavations in these three clusters. She’ll also do more limited tests in areas that didn’t have a lot of artifacts on the surface. It’s possible that features will be found in those areas that contain fewer artifacts. When that happens, a farmer’s plow doesn’t always bring them to the surface where they can be easily seen.
Will her excavations reveal similar artifacts to those she found on the surface? We’ll have to wait until she’s back in the field to find out.