Lab Notes · Updates

Lab Notes: July 30, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016:
Intern Blog Post:

Saturday was an exciting day in the lab at The Natural History Society of Maryland. Karen instructed the volunteers on proper artifact analysis, as well as brushing and sorting techniques. Remember, artifacts vary in their required care. If you are unsure of the proper tool to use, don’t be afraid to ask!

While Karen and the volunteers polished artifacts, I I was tasked with cataloging the new and exciting finds our volunteers have been working diligently to bring to life. A few artifacts that caught the eyes of our volunteers include: Assorted bone fragments and Teeth, a Toothbrush, and a Porcelain Doll.

As we learned last weekend, the Bone material falls into the Faunal Class for the purpose of cataloging. Much of what we have identified are  Mammal, though further investigation is required to determine Mammal type. The general Faunal classifications can broken down into:
  • Mammal, Large
  • Mammal, Medium
  • Mammal, Small
  • Cow
  • Sheep/Goat
  • Pig
  • Chicken
  • Turtle
  • Fish
  • Unidentified
We look forward to seeing you all next Saturday!
Lily Roze (Archaeology Intern)

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