2001 The State of California Archaeology in the State of California [OpiumMagazine.com].
Margot's Laws of ArchaeologySubmitted by Myra Herrmann to the San Diego County Archaeological Society Newsletter, Vol. 29, No. 2, March/April 2001.
1. Never get separated from your lunch.
2. Never get involved with anybody on the crew.
3. You'll always find a house [feature] on the last day of the field season.
4. Your feature will always extend under your backdirt pile.
5. Never re-check your measurements.
6. Archaeology is a science.
7. Never say "oops" say "Oh, two pieces of pottery."
8. No piece of shell or charcoal is too big to fit through the screen.
9. Always make sure your unit is deep enough to hunker down in.
10. The brighter the paint on your stakes, the more likely you are to trip over them.
11. All the best material in your feature is in the float sample.
12. It always rains when you profile, map, or backfill.
13. The best artifacts are always found in the backdirt.
14. The minute you quit because of rain, it clears up.
15. The heart of the site is always under the datum.
16. After shooting in all your stakes, you find that the transit wasn't level.
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