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casual find
CATEGORY: technique
DEFINITION: A nonscientific discovery of an archaeological object, as by an explorer or hunter.
closed find
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A group of artifacts which is in its original depositional context, e.g. the artifacts recovered from a ceremonial offering.
CATEGORY: artifact; term
DEFINITION: An act or instance of discovering archaeological remains, the remains discovered, or the location where this discovery occurs.
find number
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A number assigned to any object found in stratified contexts, indicating the unit of stratification in which they were found.
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: find spot, find-place, find-site
DEFINITION: The location where an archaeological find is discovered.
small find
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: A term used to define artifacts which can be picked up and transported, as opposed to features. In different areas, however, the term means different things. In the New World, all artifacts of this sort can be called small finds, while in Britain there can be a distinction between 'finds' and 'small finds'. On a site producing few artifacts, any find may be dealt with as a small find, while on a site producing large quantities of material, a small find will comprise something special, unusual, or unclassifiable.
stray find
CATEGORY: artifact
DEFINITION: An object of some kind - pottery, metalwork, a coin, etc. - which has not been found in an archaeological context. Stray finds are useful if the total distribution of a particular type of object is required, but the absence of associated material or structures makes their interpretation difficult.
surface find
DEFINITION: An artifact found on the surface of the ground.

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