In The Lab

Brittany enters artifact information into the database.  While many think of archaeology as excavation, most of the work happens in the lab where artifacts are cleaned, analyzed, and cataloged.  You can find out more about how the artifact data are collected and used here.



A volunteer with the Archaeology and Collections Branch mends pieces of pottery from a slave quarters site.  Find out more about artifact mending here and what it can tell us, here.



Lab Director Elizabeth shows off tiny artifacts recovered from water screening.  The water screening process can be tedious and time-consuming from start to finish.  But, the results are often worth it, recovering tiny artifacts such as beads, small flakes from stone tool production, lead shot, and much more.



Not all lab work is indoors.  Here, staff of the Archaeology and Collections Branch use the the flotation process for the finest possible artifact recovery.