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How do you find a site to excavate? Chuck makes a map to help him find the best place to dig.
Chuck makes a map to help him find the best place to dig.
   
Chuck Said
I often begin by walking over an area with a team of archaeologists. I try to figure out how big a site is by examining clues lying above ground. Sometimes I'll see bits and pieces of stone foundations poking through, or I'll find pieces of pottery scattered around. In my work in Mexico, we often find earthen mounds that are the remains of old pyramids. It can also be helpful to look at aerial photographs of the area.

With all this information, we make a map of the entire site. Then we can decide exactly where we might excavate. The place we excavate is the dig, which is only a tiny part of the whole archaeological site.