Field Recovery, Lab Methods, Data Records, Curation

  • Diane Gifford-Gonzalez


This chapter discusses the field recovery, conservation, analysis and curation practices involved in archaeofaunal analysis. Recovery methods may affect the taxonomic composition of an archaeological sample, through sampling tactics, screen mesh sizes, or methods of conservation. It briefly reviews considerations involved with cleaning, conservation, provenience management and labeling of specimens. Sorting and identification can be tackled many ways, depending on the size of the sorting crew and the skills levels of its members, and this chapter offers a few examples of different tactics. Minimal standards for as-yet very diverse digital archaeofaunal databases are offered, giving a few examples. This chapter advocates attaching all the data recorded in digital or paper databases to the specimens themselves in some medium, arguing that this is the zooarchaeological equivalent of experimental replication.


Sampling Screen size Preservation Data management Database Curation 


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  • Diane Gifford-Gonzalez
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of CaliforniaSanta CruzUSA

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