Monday, May 22, 2017
Hello! We are the 2017 college field school students working at Crow Canyon this summer. Throughout our time here we will each be updating this blog with information and pictures from our workdays (Monday-Friday). We all arrived last night and had an introduction to the campus and some of the staff and interns. This morning we were eager to begin.
Our morning started with a crash course introduction to the Culture History of the Mesa Verde region and the SouthWest extending from the Paleo-Indian occupation through the Post-Pueblo period (about 10,000 cBC through 1,700 AD). This introduction got us all very excited to start work in this region and gave us a jump start for our final research projects (yes… we still have homework).
This afternoon we got to visit the site where we will be doing our field work. Before leaving we watched a short video about respecting the sites we visit. You can check that out HERE. The site consists of several Kivas and Greathouses that were unfortunately damaged by the former landowners. We hope to help field archaeologists this summer with careful excavation and lab work that can answer many research questions.
After our site tour we returned to campus and got a breakdown about the research project designed for this region. Researchers here are working towards answering questions about the past and applying them to current, real-world situations. This process helps us to understand how we, as people, can work towards a better future.
Today was our first day… hopefully, we’ll have more detailed blogs as we go and fun pictures for you to check out!
— Monyssha T.