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Pro Tool: Tools of the Professional

Unearthing the past with a piece of history

David Brancaccio May 18, 2016
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One of Barber's favorite finds was a flute (pictured above) made out of an animal's femur about 2,000 years ago. She found it buried with the remains of a 16-year-old from the same time period in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Courtesy of Sarah Barber

As part of our Pro Tool series, we’re looking for that must-have device in your line of work, be it a notebook, coffee grinder, or deck of cards

The next item in our series? A trowel. 

Professional: Stacy Barber, Mesoamerican archaeologist. 

Pro Tool: Marshalltown trowel.

Why it’s a Pro Tool: “Archaeologists — we respect history and tradition. The Marshalltown has been employed by archaeologists in the field since at least the early 20th century. That’s the brand that the greats — the archaeologists who inspired ‘Indiana Jones’ — they would have used Marshalltown trowels.”

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