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Excavations at Liang Bua

The discovery of Homo floresiensis and ensuing excavations at Liang Bua

As we continue to follow the excavations in Liang Bua, we learn about various methods of handling and examining evidence in the cave.

Some of processes that the team have been engaging with include:

  • Tracing stratigraphic correlations
  • Excavating surrounding deposits
  • Gathering intermediate-age samples
  • Analysing how deposits relate to each other
  • Investigating how bones and artefacts relate to each other
  • Recording findings (3D plots, photographs, drawings etc.)
  • Sorting sediments
  • Wet sieving
  • Packaging and labelling finds
  • Preserving bones
  • Relocating artefacts for further analysis in the lab

Throughout this week, we will be looking at some of these processes in further detail. In the following step, we begin by looking at the role of stratigraphy…

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