Have you ever wondered how archaeologists work? You probably have asked yourself questions like “how do they know where to dig?” or “what tools do they use?” before. Gabriel D. Wrobel and Stacey Camp reveal to us the answers to these questions, over at Atlas Obscura. For now, here’s the answer to the first question.
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The simplest and oldest identification method is a pedestrian survey: looking for evidence of human activity, either on unstructured strolls or when walking in a grid. Unless the evidence is crystal clear – like those broken pots – such surveys usually need a trained eye to read the clues.
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