Sunday, April 10, 2011
More pics from Day One
As a Socio/Cultural Anthro major, this is my first field class (and first Archeology class!). Its refreshing to bring the educational experience to a beautiful outdoor location. I'm so used to learning from books and lectures that learning hands-on seems foreign. It took hours to understand the purpose of the transit and how to measure distance by reading the stadia rod (its been a LONG time since I've done math). However I did enjoy the teamwork aspect, especially flattening the tall grass in front of the eastern stake. Field experience sticks in my mind, whereas years of books tend to fade from memory. I hope we can break out the gloves and tools this coming week!
It is fascinating that Andy Galvans said there has been no archeological activity yet on our site, considering the amount of human activity surrounding it. His team has discovered many burials along Mission Blvd. over the years. He also noted that even the Native Americans would have stayed away from such a sloped area. But with the concentration of humans here since the mission was established, and possibly prior, I don't think its unreasonable to expect some archeological finds.