A current project that we at the special collections have undertaken is to identify, inventory, and catalogue a collection of West Mexican ceramics and pottery. This is not an easy task, but one that I am proud to take on. As a museum science student, I am very happy to have the hands-on experience working with anthropological material. As I have been working with the ceramic figurines, I have run into a problem that many museums and collections face when dealing with historical objects: are the objects real or fake? The best way to answer this is to examine the objects looking for tell-tale signs of authenticity. For these figurines, I am looking for soil, bug, and root remains. Looking for these tiny traces of authenticity is a long and intensive process, and surprisingly, it is just the first step in analyzing the figurines. After searching each figurine for signs of authenticity, I record the data onto a data sheet; I also record item number, dimensions, and a general description of each figurine. Once all of the data is collected for the figurines, I will put it into our new museum database called TMS.