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.
Guide to Soils for Archaeologists
Posted on June 29, 2012
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