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When we find pieces of the past, these have to be interpreted in their context. Not until then can the information transform into knowledge and later presented to others.
The excavataion is in itself a rather small part of the job of an archaeologist. The heavy lifting actually starts when the excavation is all done. When all the material is washed, recorded, preserved and analyzed, the interpretation can begin to take place. It is only at this stage that the picture can be assembled to show what happened so long ago. All information is then gathered in a report that later, together with the material artifacts, act as building blocks for future scientific research.
Of great importance for archaeology is that we make it publicly relevant and available. This is specifically important for the Sandby borg project. Besides being a unique and highly noteworthy place, it’s also fairly difficult to visit, physically. To be able to share the interpretation that is being done, both in the field and also in the scientific research, we have this website as a base for all knew knowledge.
Considering that large amounts of the discoveries in the fort consist of skeletons, of animals as well as humans, it is highly important that an osteologist (expert in bones) is present in the field. When a human skeleton is discovered the osteologist steps in to secure the most accurate excavation possible. When the dig is finished the osteologist cleans and analyzes the bones in the laboratory. Through a human osteological analysis information such as sex, age, body length, and possible illness and cause of death can be determined.
Objects of glass and metal that are discovered during the excavations are brought in for preservation. In the laboratory the conservator digs out the fragile finds from parts of the surrounding soil and preserves objects in order to stop degrading and restore them to their former glory. Some of these results can be viewed on our page of discoveries.
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