Post-excavation happens after the fieldwork part of an excavation project has finished. It includes analysing the data collected on site, preparing the excavation archive of drawings and photographs, and producing a report about the discoveries made during the dig.
During post-excavation, experts such as osteoarchaeologists, pottery specialists, and environmental archaeologists might be asked to look at specific finds – such as human and animal bones, pottery, and soil samples – made on site and produce expert reports.
Soil samples are taken during a dig. In post-excavation, these samples are weighed before they are sorted. Environmental archaeologists will then check them for bits of grain, snail shells, charcoal, nuts, and other organic remains. These tiny finds can help environmental specialists build up a picture of the past landscape © Wessex Archaeology