Pech IV
Artifact Analysis
One innovation that we started this year was to use bar codes to identify individual artifacts and screened samples.  Although artifact numbers are still written on the pieces themselves with indelible ink, each artifact is stored in its own plastic bag (to protect it from accidental damage).  A label on the bag is printed with the bar code ID number, which can then be scanned in during analysis, photography, illustration, etc. This helps to reduce errors caused by accidentally typing in an incorrect ID number by hand.
We also began using a new kind of electronic caliper (Mitutoyo CD-6) which has available an interface (IT-005D) that plugs directly into the keyboard port of a computer.  This allows data to be entered directly into any program without the need for a software interface.  

Site and Lab Setup | Walls | Fence | Grid | House | Excavation & Recording | Excavations | Stratigraphy | Screening | Analysis | Dating