Why do archaeologists work slowly and carefully?

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2009-01-18 16:44:19

Archaeologists work slowly and carefully in order to recover as

much information about an archaeological site as possible, which

can then be used to interpret it. More specifically:

* In order to avoid damaging the artifacts they hope to recover.

* To make sure as many artifacts as possible are recovered.

* In order to avoid missing changes in soil texture and colour

that may indicate different layers of construction or abandonment

of a site. * In order not make mistakes and to be exact in what

they're working on.

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