The Dancing Stadia Rod

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Today’s events were very exciting for the Crow Canyon field school students as we were introduced to laying in excavation units and EDM mapping with a TopCon GTS-300 series total station. Ever see Gene Kelly’s performance in Singin’ in the Rain? The scene where he is dancing around with his umbrella? Well if you haven’t, click here. This, more or less, is what it is like when the crew consists of new students operating both the total station and stadia rod. The stadia rod holder is compensating for the possible uneven terrain, unruly sun, pesky bugs, and wretched wind as another student is attempting to get the total station dead center in the cross hairs of the prism. Time consuming at first, yes, but the first day was full of opportunities of learning and developing our skills and by the time we were done – we had it down pat!

Learning Crow Canyon’s standard format of documentation was vital in understanding how influential this establishment is to the archaeology community. From ensuring we stay level on our pit floors to understanding how to identify artifacts, features, and natural deposits, we were run through the basics of excavating, screening, and collecting per strata. Just some of the finds today from stratum one consisted of corrugated grey ware and decorated black on white pottery sherds, chipped stone flakes, faunal remains, and more!

All in all, a great start to a great learning experience. Stay tuned for more!

  • David W. McBride



Author: Crow Canyon College Field School

Mission The mission of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is to advance and share knowledge of the human experience through archaeological research, education programs, and partnerships with American Indians.

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