Processing excavation finds

The Grub/Kranawetberg research project focusing on analysing the finds from a campsite used by of Ice Age hunters and gatherers 30,000 years ago.

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The excavation uncovered traces of two tents and two fireplaces. Further finds at this site include flint tools, splinters of bone, traces of paint, jewellery made from shells and snail shells, and items crafted from ivory.
 
Approximately 70,000 to 80,000 individual items have been discovered, including 1100 stone tools, 4000-5000 flint blades and lamellas, 260 mammoth ivory beads and pendants, and 170 fragments of jewellery made from shells and snail shells.
 
When analysing finds, it is of great help if different things are sorted, counted, documented and archived.
 
This is how Citizen Scientists can help us record the material we find more quickly and in greater detail!
 
Using this data it is then possible to reconstruct in even greater detail what life would have been like for Palaeolithic people...
 
People of all ages who would like to take a look behind the scenes of research work, are keen to learn about what archaeologists spend their days doing and are prepared to provide accurate and reliable data.
The project is scheduled to run from September 2017 until September 2021, though people are of course welcome to participate for a shorter period of time.

In the Department of Prehistory at the Natural History Museum Vienna.
Taking part includes the following activities:
Sorting, counting, drawing up lists and preparing finds for archiving.
If you are interested please contact:
 
Dr Walpurga Antl
Dr. Walpurga Antl

Natural History Museum Vienna
Department of Prehistory 


  
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