Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Day 8: Dig, dig, dig!

Today the field school had an unexpected twist: our first visitor! Tad McIlwraith, an instructor at Douglas College, is a cultural anthropologist with an amazing blog (check it out here). This morning he was shown around the excavation site by Bob Muckle, who also gave him some information on the program (students, projects, why we were excavating in that area, etc.). Hopefully we will continue to have such pleasant visitors! (See paparazzi picture below)

With the day being bright, sunny, and warm, the soil was ever so easy to sift through, but that could also be because the mossy surface layer was completed the day before. While screening through the sediments, many students found the basic glass pieces and what appears to be a metal pipe.

When not sifting, multiple excavation units were discovered to be holding precious artifacts. Paul and Bora's unit contained more than the 1 pair of leather boots found yesterday, but several more today, in addition to their intact glass bottles and cans. They hit the mother-load, and all within a 2 x 2 meter square! (See picture below). Also, the Suzannah and Max pair seem to have collected several parts to a battery, what might be a man-made rock formation, and a sheet of metal on their plot. What could it be?

The day went by quickly, as did the week, with only tomorrow left as the last field day (Friday's are always lab days). I am told that time flies when you are having fun, and apparently so.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the kind words, Jessica. It was a treat for me to come to the site. I think you and the crew are doing neat things there. Enjoy it - the time will go fast.


    PS: I posted some reflections on my visit and some pictures here.