Posted by: imalqata | February 22, 2013

Tools of the Trade

Friday, February 22, 2013


While much of the equipment we use on site is purchased locally, brooms, brushes, shovels, string, nails and baskets, the more specialized equipment can sometimes be difficult to find, even back home. This season we have been using some tools generously donated to the expedition by Arcaios Tools.  This company, which supplies hard to find archaeological tools, was co-founded by Maria Mayo, an Emory Candler Theology student in 1999-2000.  Mayo came up with the idea for Arcaios during a field season in 2010, when her partner was working with his own tools and thinking about how to share them with other archaeologists.  They e-mailed ideas back and forth between her house in Nashville and his lab in Guatemala and figured out what tools we could offer. Many of their tools are produced in Guatemala by indigenous Maya people, and provide employment for these skilled traditional craftsmen.

You can visit their website at:

They have also been inspired to create “archaeological Legos,” little scenes from excavation life in the toy plastic blocks.


Peter Lacovara


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