Using Science to Revive Old Excavations
Lipe, William D.
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The value (and excitement) of archaeological field work doesn’t end when the pits are backfilled, the artifacts are analyzed, and the reports written. At least that’s true if the collections are safely curated in a well-run museum. Specimens collected long ago can often be revisited with new research methods to reveal new information of scientific and educational value. This is why archaeologists save archaeological collections long after they were initially studied. Here, I give two examples of recent scientific analyses of specimens from one of the first excavations I ever directed.