What is a feature?

Archaeological features are distinct soil stains or deposits, within a defined space, that represent human activity in the past. Features are distinguishable from the surrounding soil based on color and texture, as well as artifact type and quantity. Features can be pits used for the disposal of garbage and human waste or related to the construction of buildings made up of posts, footers, and trenches dug into the ground.

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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?