Hand Flotation Systems
Here are some examples of hand flotation systems I've used in the past.
IDOT system used for FAI-270, west-central Illinois
My first archaeological job in 1976 was to set up and run the flotation for the massive FAI-270 project in the American Bottom area in west-central Illinois. I handmade the wooden boxes and the scoops!
Incinerator site in southwestern Ohio
(now called SunWatch Village, Dayton, Ohio)
This system was set up at the old, abandoned waste and incinerator building a half mile or so from the site. It was adjacent to railroad tracks, and directly across from the functioning county waste water treatment facility.
Tell Jenin, Jordan
We used a barrel and at the insistence of the dig director, pantyhose to capture the light fractions. I do not recommend using pantyhose!
Oriyo Timbo, Gujarat, India
Water was carried in tagarun from some distance away. We used two metal barrels, allowing the dirt to settle in one while processing flotation samples in the other.
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