After the Field: The Archaeological Laboratory
After fieldwork the archaeologist must make sense of the artifacts and the contexts in which they were found. Interpreting this information requires specialized analytical methods. In this course students work with assigned collections of artifacts and excavation records from one of the Wilfrid Laurier University archaeological field schools in Ontario or abroad. Artifacts are identified, catalogued and entered into computerized databases for analysis. Examination of stratigraphy, and documentary sources, if available, provide additional information for interpretation.