Life of an Artifact: Part 3
Original documentation is used to determine the provenience, or context, of the object. Provenience is the specific location of an artifact within an archaeological site. Often, an object’s provenience is just as important, if not more so, than the object itself. During cataloging, objects with the same provenience are processed together. This photo shows an unsorted bag of artifacts with its original provenience documentation recorded on a card filled out by the W.P.A. workers in the 1930s.