|Will uses a screen to get an approximation of 50 cm before cutting the root mat.|
|Richard excavates a shovel test as Amanda screens and looks for artifacts.|
|Mike pulls soil from an ever-deepening shovel test.|
Students learned how to orient their shovel tests with the compass directions. If any artifacts are found in a shovel test, we place additional tests around it at tighter intervals than used along the normal transect. Should the site prove to be a significant one (meeting National Register of Historic Places standards), we would prefer our shovel test be neatly oriented relative to the future excavation units to follow. Keeping transects, shovel tests, and test units tightly controlled on a grid helps maintain valuable locational information, just one part of an artifact's context.
|Brittany learns the art of tossing soil.|
|Munsell color charts are consulted as part of the note-taking process.|