The tools an archaeologist uses during the progress of an excavation vary, and include everything from a garden trowel to a computer database. This photo essay, called The Tools of the Trade
, illustrates many of the tools used by modern archaeologists working in cultural resource management (CRM) projects
in the midwestern United States.
Thanks to reader Trevor F. for the suggestion. Photographs of field and laboratory equipment were taken at the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist, to whom I am deeply grateful.