Leaving a paper trail


On most archaeological excavations, the digging ends at noon. Other jobs fill the afternoon hours. Square supervisors are responsible for keeping up with the paperwork that excavation generates. Prior to the digital age notes were made on various pages inserted into a 3-ring binder that was dedicated to each excavated unit. This work is critical, because in the end, archaeology is the science of destruction! Nothing but a hole will be left when the work is over.

Here, Brian works with a volunteer on his notebook from Field B, Tell Jalul, 2005.