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How do archaeologists record what they find?
Archaeologists must be very careful when they start working on a dig. It's important to know where an object was found and what was found near it. This helps archaeologists date an object.The first thing that is done is to prepare a grid. A grid is a design that breaks a section of ground into small squares. These squares are marked usually with rope and string. Each little square in the grid has to be carefully searched and measured. They label each artifact they find by assigning it a number in the grid where it was found, including how deep in the earth it was. Archaeologists want to be as accurate as possible. Grids and Labeling