Digging up the past
Part of the archaeological collections are made up of objects found during excavations or ‘digs’.
During the dig detailed notes, drawings and photographs are made. These help to record and explain how things were found. The objects that are recovered and these records, are known as the ‘archaeological archive’.
Archaeologists working on a single site may recover just a few, or many thousands of objects. These can stored by different institutions and museums.