Super Sorter

Post by Codi Quimby, PSU undergraduate and Lab Intern

Close-up of ivory fragments (Photo by Codi Quimby)

Close-up of ivory fragments (Photo by Codi Quimby)

Processing large amounts of 1/8” material from bulk samples was quite tedious and at the same time incredibly rewarding. When I first began my work I found differentiating the different types of material quite challenging, especially differentiating between wood, antler and ivory. But by my last day I felt like a super sorter and was not even hesitating when deciding what type of material each piece was. My most favorite material to find was ivory flakes. I found myself day dreaming about what the people had made with the ivory they processed. On my last day in the lab I found two unique pieces of ivory that were red in color and very smooth. Speculation in the lab was leaning towards them being mammoth ivory, but this still needs to be investigated.

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