Inside An Archaeologist’s Toolkit

This piece was written by Asa Beeby, HES Archaeology Trainee at Archaeological Project Services from September 2018 – 2019

Asa Beeby, one of our HES Trainees in Archaeology, has previously described what it means to be an Archaeologist. Here he lets us know what we might be able to find in his toolkit. You may even be surprised…


Recording Equipment

Left to Right, Top Row:

6H pencil for our drawings, Sharpie permanent marker for writing out weather-proof labels, a black biro, nails to show the start and end of our measurements in the ground, a drawing-board and clips to stop the paper flying away, permatrace paper for drawing section profiles, context sheet for interpretation, tape measures for measuring what we find.

Left to Right Below:

Weatherproof label for writing key information about the archaeology we are working on and leaving it there for later processing, empty finds bag for any finds, a string line consisting of 2 nails and a string and a line level to ensure the string line is level and that our measurements are accurate.


Digging Tools

Here you’ll see the usual digging tools: shovel, mattock (for harder ground), hoe and trusty trowel.


Photography Equipment

And finally, this is the equipment we use for photographing: 1-metre scale, a film camera, a digital camera and a photo-board which would usually have site information and where North is.