Guide to Soils for Archaeologists

Posted on June 29, 2012


If you have ever had to do any sort of paper work for an excavation chances are that you have had to describe soils. There is of course a trick to determining if a soil is clay, silt, sand, loamysand, sandy-clay, etc. It involves rolling wet soil into a ball and then squeezing it out into a ribbon. The quality of the ribbon will tell you the quality of the soil. I of course always forget what means what. Nice ribbon, is that clay? So I was very happy when I stumbled upon this webpage. There are two excellent graphics, one of which is directions. I will have to print these out before I go into the field.

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