Category Archives: Archaeology

Common Archaeological Definitions II

by Moni Islam – Archaeological Field and Lab Intern Absolute dating: The calculation of age in exact calendar years of an object or event. It is also referred to as chronometric dating. Absolute dating can often be achieved through scientific … Continue reading

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Mapping and Drawing

by Colleen Boyle – CART Archaeological Technician Recording field notes is one of the most important things archaeologists do in the field. Field notes often represent the final record of what was excavated, as archaeological excavation is an inherently destructive … Continue reading

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Looking It Up!

References are incredibly important and we use a lot of them. Here is a list of some of our favorites. We may add a few in the future. The pictures in the slide show above are examples of artifacts about … Continue reading

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Lithic Flakes

by Brittany Blanchard – CART Archaeological Technician Creating stone tools is a reductive process called “chaîne opératoire” where a knapper, an individual skilled in lithic reduction, forms a rock into smaller, sharp tools by chipping away until the desired shape … Continue reading

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Raise a Glass to the New Year!

  We hope you had a wonderful holiday! It seems fitting that at Old Colchester Park and Preserve, we have found a few fragments of the base of stemware. Pictured below, the folded base rims date to about 1680 to … Continue reading

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Bottle Finishes

by Colleen Boyle – CART Archaeological Technician Hand-blown glass bottles have a variety of different styles depending on the intended use of the bottle, and when it was made. A bottle finish is a term used to describe the parts … Continue reading

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North American Gray Stoneware

by Emma Saaty – CART Archaeological Field and Lab Intern History: North American Stoneware was first produced in the English colonies of North America in the early 1700s, and was heavily influenced by British and German traditions. North American Gray … Continue reading

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