Life of an Artifact: Part 4
Once a bag is emptied, the archeologists start by sorting the objects, matching like objects with like objects. In many cases matching “like with like” begins with identifying the material of the artifact, such as ceramics (left, center, and bottom) and stone (top right). Other distinguishing features such as an artifact’s manufacturing technique, decoration, design, color, and many other physical elements are considered during sorting. These elements are used, in conjunction with resource materials, to enable each artifact’s identification and classification into more refined groups.
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