(Received 3 August 1989; accepted 25 October 1989)
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Archaeologists use water separation to improve the recovery of small items from prehistoric sites. These small items have proven to be an important part of the archaeological record. A simple experiment shows that the water separation machine might also be used to improve the recovery of small evidence at the fire scene. Four samples from three residential structure fires have been cycled through a modified Shell Mound Archaeological Project (SMAP) water separation machine and a variety of small items have been recovered.
Captain, Bellingham Fire Department, Bellingham, WA
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