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What happens to the artifacts you find? Archaeologists analyze artifacts in a lab in Oaxaca.
Archaeologists analyze artifacts in a lab in Oaxaca.
   
Chuck Said
Almost all of what we find stays in Mexico at the National Institute of Anthropology and History. Most of the objects go into storage. We have set up a small display in the town hall where we are working so that the local people can see some of the interesting artifacts we've discovered.

Some objects are difficult to analyze in Mexico, so we bring them back to the lab at the Museum to analyze them with our high-tech lab equipment. We get permission from the government before we remove anything. Most of what we bring back to the United States are our observations of the data, the photographs, the maps, the drawings of architectural and other features, and the coding sheets that tell us how many of each type of thing we found.