Life of an Artifact: Cataloging
Cataloging is important because it captures the distinguishing features of an artifact and the artifact’s provenience (context), it facilitate access to collections for researchers, and it fulfill’s the National Park Service’s obligation of archeological stewardship to the public.
This collection comes from the Lamar Site at Ocmulgee National Monument (OCMU) and was excavated from 1934-1938 by the Civil Work Administration (C.W.A.), Civilian Conservation Corp (C.C.C.) Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.). In this image, washed, unsorted bags of artifacts are awaiting cataloging.