Sean Jubb
University of Montana
Fort Missoula Archaeological Field School

After a site is finished being excavated, the site is measured, documented, and prepared to be backfilled. What is the purpose of backfilling? It protects the site from elements such as erosion, weather, and vandalism. The site is on a flood plain where the water may erode layers of soil over a long period of time; backfilling helps prevent erosion of the excavation site. Adverse weather can also erode, damage, or otherwise destroy the site. Another reason to backfill is to protect the site from anybody wanting to vandalize the site for possible artifacts. Before backfilling, however, we will leave a penny in the excavation as a courtesy message to future archaeologists that we excavated the site in 2014.

Sean Jubb backfilling excavation one bucket at a time.

Sean Jubb backfilling excavation one bucket at a time.

 

 

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