Organize the Tools
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Archaeologists use many different tools. Different tools are used for
different locations. For example, hand picks are used mostly in the
Middle East. Tools can vary in size from a dental pick to a bulldozer.
The tool most commonly used is a pointed bricklayer's trowel. Besides
excavating tools, archaeologists use cameras for taking pictures of
the excavation, tape measures, sacks and bags, and more.
the most part, archaeologists use nothing bigger then a shovel or a
small hoe. In some rare cases when archaeologists need to dig very deep,
they might use a bulldozer. When they reach an artifact, archaeologists
might use a brush to clear away the dirt or sand around it. An archaeologist
always scrapes the dirt away from the artifact, never digs it out.
use tools in a certain order. First, archaeologists might use a flat-edge
shovel to scrape away the upper layers of the earth. After that, they
would use bricklayer's trowels or hand picks. If they reached an artifact,
they'd use small brushes to clear away loose bits of dirt. When archaeologists
work with very fragile remains, they might use dental picks. Archaeologists
would use sifters to go through the dirt that was dug up to make sure
they didn't miss anything. After that, they would use buckets, sacks,
or bags to clear the dirt away from the site.
Archaeologists' Check List
you organize the tools?