We always tell people that it takes 5 days in the lab for every 1 day archaeologists spend in the field. But what does all that lab time look like? Let's take a look!
I've been working on a small project with the University of North Florida Archaeology Lab. Dr. Keith Ashley has been directing a project out at the Mill Cove Complex along the St. Johns River in Jacksonville. Lots of materials have been recovered: shells, faunal remains, lithics, pottery and even exotics like copper and ochre. I've been looking over the ceramics found in one component of the site, in hopes to compare them to other components.
|This is just one of the bags: over one hundred pieces!|
|Some tempering agents, like sponge spicules, can only be seen under a microscope.|
|Thickness can help us determine what part of the vessel we have: rim, body or base.|
|Charts like this one help us easily identify the diameter of the pot as well as the percentage of the vessel.|
Stay tuned for an update on the findings! For further information, check out some of Keith Ashely's article about the Mill Cove Complex.