Donald Tiver

Becoming a well-rounded archaeologist

By Donald Tiver

Archaeological Technician

URS Corporation, Burlington, New Jersey, USA  (Posted by the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum webmaster)

Today I worked on my handwriting skills as I marked and glued plates and cups that could mend. It’s a fun exercise in concentration and accuracy. When that got too exhausting I switched to washing and turned various old marbles, spools and glassware fragments into shiny and presentable relics, as close to their original presentation as they will probably ever be. Along the way I slowly gain new perspective on identifying artifacts and, though I can’t say it’s easy for me yet, it does come easier every day. Working with each varied part of the processing of artifacts will certainly work toward making me a well-rounded archaeologist.