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ExcavateEx2 - actual numbers). The 1/16 screen size...

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Archaeologists always have to calculate how many days of fieldwork their work will take. How did we calculate the number of days in the field here? Note that the four excavators work in teams of two; one person excavates while the other screens, but if the excavation takes less time than the screening, then both team members can screen. Which screen size produces an NISP (number of identifiable specimens–see chapter 11 in the text) that is closest to the actual NISP (in reality, the archaeologist would not know the actual NISP; we give it to you here so you can see the relationship between the different screen recovery rates and the
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Unformatted text preview: actual numbers). The 1/16 screen size produces a NISP that is closest to the actual NISP. What happens to recovery rate as screen mesh size becomes smaller? Which species is most heavily affected? As the screen mesh size gets smaller the recovery rate increases. The species most heavily affected by this is the minnow since the remains are the smallest. If you only have 10 days to complete the field portion of the project, what would you do to ensure that you have a representative sample of the sites faunal remains (if you cant think of an answer, consult your text's chapter on excavation again)?...
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