The post-excavation process

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The post excavation process

  • Material arrives from the site in bags, boxes etc.
  • Finds are roughly sorted by material
  • Fragile finds or finds that are decaying undergo conservation, e.g. bones may be treated with PVA to stop them crumbling, organic samples may be treated with fungicides to prevent decay.
  • Cleaning of finds-more robust finds are cleaned in water, e.g. flint tools and ceramics (unless analysis of


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