Sunday, April 24, 2011
Day 3 On-site
This week I finally felt like it made sense to wear cargo pants and carry a trowel. We did a lot of work! I enjoyed plotting, drawing and recording the artifacts. Its not a complex process, but somehow, seeing artifacts in my notebook is quite different than seeing scattered flags in the field. I can begin to categorize and theorize about the artifacts and why they are there. It seems that we have entered the realm of "real" archeology.
Around 1600 we split into groups for subsurface surveying with shovels, buckets, screens and all. The class made some good finds like historic nails, ceramic, glass, and animal bones, which were collected in labeled bags. There seems to be more artifacts than we originally thought, even if they are only small fragments. I wasn't too excited about breaking out the shovels, only because it was so late in the day and I was out of food and water. I'll be better prepared next week!