Tools of the Trade: Archaeology

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An archaeologist is not an archaeologist without their trowel! So think again when describing Indiana Jones or Lara Croft as archaeologists! Impostors!

Bunnings in Australia only does so well when looking for archaeology tools. For the best tools one unfortunately has to look further afield. My first archaeological dig was when I was 17 years old; 12 weeks in the baking sun of the Australian summer (fortunately with a pub next door…but I was 17). The first week there I overheard some of the men betting on how long this little girl would last in archaeology, the bet rested at around a week. Never underestimate anyone my dears. After ten weeks at my 18th Birthday they presented me with my very own proper archaeologist’s trowel, among other tools, and respect. Well I use that trowel to this very day and it has served me in archaeology around the world.

Trowels are just the base of the archaeologist’s toolbox. We must not forget the range of excavation tools, surveying and drawing tools, finds and storage tools, specialist tools and kits that an aspiring archaeologist may eventually need as they are involved in more and more digs.

So here are the two suppliers I primarily recommend:

Archtools: Archaeology Tools, Trowels and Equipment

Archtools was established to offer a bespoke affordable solution on quality archaeology trowels, tools and equipment. Our products are trusted by professional archaeologists, institutions and universities the world over and have been tried and tested by qualified archaeologists. Because in archaeology, it’s the quality that really matters.

I recommend Archtools highly; fast delivery and great variety with reasonable prices.

Past Horizons: The Archaeologist’s Toolstore

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8 thoughts on “Tools of the Trade: Archaeology

    Alison Irving said:
    March 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    You forgot that vital piece of equipment, the Indiana Jones hat, bought by your parents when you passed from HSC to the world of archaeology, and which continues to keep the sun off you when you’re digging up the past. I was impressed by the service of Archtools for the roll of archaeology equipment.

    GraecoMuse responded:
    March 18, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Yes It is important to have an Indiana Jones Hat!
    That archaeology kit was the nerdiest best archaeology Christmas Present!
    Check it out fellow archaeology nerds: http://www.archtools.eu/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=29792 :)

    Anne Jensen said:
    March 19, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Excellent gear list! I’d add a clipboard box or notebook cover to contain site forms & such. I do work in places with perpetual wind & very frequent rain (see iceandtime.wordpress.com for the gory details) & use forms to ensure consistent data is collected) so the notebook alone wouldn’t cut it. Also, for those in the US, substitute Marshalltown trowels for WHS. They are just as good and easier to find here.

    GraecoMuse responded:
    March 19, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Thanks Anne! MARSHALLTOWN TROWELS for US peeps! But I will never give up my WHS :)

    [...] the practical side, GraecoMuse did a nice summation of what an archaeologist needs in the way of personal field equipment.  I’d add a clipboard desk for forms, and certainly most US and Canadian archaeologists [...]

    Claudia said:
    March 22, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Very interesting post for us non-archaeologists! Thanks for posting, GraecoMuse!

    GraecoMuse Turns One « GraecoMuse said:
    October 13, 2012 at 12:51 am

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