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The Joy of Archaeology
"In "The Joy of Cooking," you learn to cook fine cuisine by first learning how to, say, bone a squirrel. Archaeology is the same-- incredible finds require careful recordkeeping and digging in the dirt. This quiz brings you gold, mold, soil and spoil!"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Real archaeology works just like "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark."
So you want to begin an archaeological excavation. Which of these would be a good first step?
To grab a shovel and dig a random hole
To ask for money
To conduct a site survey
To develop a research question
Research excavations have the same goals and timeframes as rescue excavations.
You conduct a site survey to decide where to start excavating. Which of these techniques would you NOT want to use?
Grab a shovel and dig a random hole
You might not want to locate your dirt dump, or spoil heap, somewhere you're planning to excavate later.
Now you finally get dig. What do you call that ubiquitous hole in the ground, the place where people are digging?
(Starts with a T)
Every archaeologist keeps a notebook containing the record of everything that goes on at the excavation. Which of these is it NOT important to include in your notebook?
The catalogue number of the current bag of pottery
The color and consistency of the soil
Your workman is such a hottie
A drawing of the area being excavated
If you uncover a straight line of large stones, what do you write in your notebook?
"Discovered an aqueduct"
"Uncovered a wall"
"Uncovered a straight line of large stones"
"Uncovered the foundation of a structure"
You should never, EVER remove any structure to get to a lower level.
One of the tools you are likely to see at an excavation consists of a long tube filled with colored water and attached to a tape measure at one end. What is it?
A divining rod for small finds
A talisman to keep away creepy crawlies
A water level
Archaeology has its own set of terminology to describe what comes out of the ground. Take the term "small find." In Mediterranean archaeology which of these would *not* be considered a "small find"?
A bronze nail
A stone column base
Can the potsherds indicate the time period of the area you are excavating?
Say you find a sherd of pottery on the ground outside your trench. What should you do with it?
Throw it away where it will not contaminate the excavation
Drop it in someone else's trench
Put it in with the pottery that has come out of your trench
Keep it as a souvenir
So now you've finished another successful season of excavations. If you are the archaeologist, what should you do now?
Do the laundry
Publish the results
Break out the ouzo
You, too, can work at archaeological excavation!
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