Office of Undergraduate Research

Prehistoric Artifact Preparation and Analysis

To provide the student with an understanding of laboratory techniques used by archaeologists. The processing of soil samples for fine-scale recovery of stone tools, flakes, ceramics, animal bone and plant remains. Organizational, observational and analytical skills will all be utilized.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Students will conduct machine-flotation recovery of soil samples from the Crescent Bay Hunt Club, an 800 year old agricultural village in southern Wisconsin. Students will also participate in cleaning, identification, sorting and inventory of recovered materials, including stone flakes and tools,ceramics, animal bone, and plant remains.