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Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center

Munsell

September 5, 2014

MunsellArchaeologists use the standardized color chips in Munsell books to describe soil colors consistently. The books use a combination of letters and numbers to make a unique identifier for each color (for example, 10 YR 3/2). This makes for clearer and more consistent color recording than verbal descriptions such as “reddish brown” or “mousy brownish gray”–which can mean very different things to different people.