Monday, June 11, 2007

By Jennifer Futch

Today was the hottest day we’ve had yet; it was over 100 degrees in the middle of the day. Luckily, the unit Evan and I have been working in is at least partially shaded by trees. We still have not come across any features at 65 cm, but we’re still finding artifacts. The ground is getting very hard as we get deeper and deeper into the clay.

Because of the heat, we stopped excavation a little early and found some other chores that needed doing.

Public day on Saturday was a huge success. I tried my best to explain FS numbers, provenience (where the artifacts originate from), and archaeological context as I washed artifacts. Everyone seemed very interested in seeing the artifacts we had been excavating over the past few weeks. I really enjoyed teaching the public about archaeology.

I’ve been so immersed in school and field school over the past year, I have been taking my understanding of archaeology for granted. It was really enjoyable to share it with people from the community. This was especially rewarding because my station was about aspects of archaeology that people don’t often think about, like archaeological context and lab work.

As the end of our field school gets closer, we’re working even harder than before. We will get as much done as we can before the end of the week.