Field and Lab
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Cheryl Munson logging
in soil colors and textures, plus small artifacts,
observed in cores extracted from a possible burned house feature.
The three soil core tools are lined up in stratigraphic order, with the
soil on the right and oxidized (reddened) subsoil on the left.
Checking soil colors using the Munsell chart.
red soil in the center is part of a hearth.
Flotation dissolves soil in agitated water. Carbonized seeds, bones of
and minute flakes of stone float to the top and are recovered in a paint
filter bag (on the left).
The larger, heavier materials sink to the middle of the tank where they
in window screen. Processed flotation samples are hung on a line to dry.
Long-time avocational archaeologist Tom Ciskowski washes artifacts
to prepare them for size-grading, identification, and cataloging.