Why does archaeology take so long?

Archaeology is meticulous work–often requiring the soil to be shaved away by shovels and trowels a few inches at a time to understand differences in soil composition and to define archaeological features. Currently, the program has two staff members and depends on volunteers to help with the work, but weather conditions, volunteer availability, the number and complexity of archaeological features unearthed, and information to be recorded are all difficult variables to control.

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1. How do I know if my construction project requires archaeological review and investigation?
2. Is the investigation going to hold up my construction?
3. How much does the archaeological review fee cost?
4. Why does archaeology take so long?
5. How do you know where to dig?
6. What kinds of things are found at an archaeological site?
7. Who owns the artifacts?
8. What is a feature?
9. What is an artifact?
10. Are the artifacts valuable?
11. Do you ever find gold?
12. Can I dig or metal detect on City-owned property?