Finds processing (often called pot washing), includes the washing, marking and sorting of bulk finds from archaeological sites and is a very important part of the post-excavation process. It can also be a fun, social activity, and a way to learn more about the everyday archaeological objects that are found on a site.
- Never process more than one bag of finds at a time.
- Ensure there is a means of identifying the context the finds came from at all times.
Using clean water (no detergent) and a brush, immerse one piece at a time and gently brush the dirt or mud of all the surfaces.
When finished, place the finds trays in a suitable drying area and leave until completely dry before re-bagging.