A Giant Jigsaw Puzzle...in 3-D
Imagine if someone scraped all the land in Carroll Park to a depth of about two feet, broke it into tiny pieces and threw it all into a box. As we took the lid off, we would see (minus the dirt) a hodgepodge of bits and pieces of objects, some intact, some not, that appeared unrelated. As we looked closer, we would begin to see similarities. And just as in putting together a puzzle, we would group objects that shared certain characteristics and we would begin to draw conclusions about these pieces and why they were found grouped the way they were.
After cleaning and recording this material, we would then repeat the process, scraping away another two feet of earth, and so on. We would then use our database of archaeological material to search for patterns by asking questions: What types of materials, objects, and their locations can we identify? Who might have used these items and when? We would then put our conclusions together in a story or a narrative to hypothesize what had happened at this site over a period of time.