Sifting Through Time: Screening in Today’s Archaeology

Kelly, Mike (2012) Sifting Through Time: Screening in Today’s Archaeology. [Abstract]

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In the recent past, there have been many advances in archaeological techniques and technology. One piece of technology that has not been changed is the screen or sifter. While there are multiple sizes and types of sifters, the basic technology behind it has not changed. The techniques and use of screening, however, have changed. In modern archaeology, there is a divide between academic archaeology and public archaeology (Cultural Resource Management). Recovery mode is the method in which an archaeologist recovers artifacts from a site. In academia, during excavation the preferred method of artifact recovery is screening. In public archaeology, recovery methods vary due to restrictions on time and funding. This research focuses on the reasons why academic and public archaeology vary in recovery mode. Using examples from various manuals of archaeological technique and journal articles the reasons are explored. Along with researching the divide in screening techniques, this study researches the value of screening using ceramic data collected at the Pigg Site in southwestern Colorado, a Pueblo II/III site. Factors such as artifact count and information attained from ceramic artifacts are discussed and measured. The aim of this paper is to open a dialogue in archaeology about recovery methods and the divided use of these methods.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 7th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Archeological literature, Archeology, Excavations, Archaeological technique, Archaeological technology, Screen, Sifter, Recovery methods, screening techniques
Subjects: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Anthropology
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Environmental Studies
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Geosciences
NBS Symposium
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 10 May 2013 13:19
Last Modified: 10 May 2013 13:19

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