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First, the lab will test the bone to see how much protein remains in it, because it’s the protein fraction of the bone that they actually date. Once they know that there is sufficient protein remaining, they clean the surface of the bone to remove contaminants like dirt, charcoal or, in some cases, glue that the archaeologists have used to mend the bone fragments.