Careful Removal of Soil from Artifacts

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As soon as artifacts or features in the soil began to appear, excavators stopped using shovels and began to carefully, painstakingly remove the soil using a mason's trowel. Artifacts were put in a shoebox in the lower right. In the middle of the trench, burlap bags and cardboard covered features and kept them from drying out or getting wet if it rained. Some of the artifacts already appear, less than a foot below the surface. What appears to be small balls or dirt clods later turned out to be the tops of pottery bowls. Note the whisk broom lying in the trench next to the excavator. She used the whisk to gently brush away dirt from an artifact.


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