Today was another field day for us! We’re always excited to get out to our units and dig but by the end of the day we were all feeling pretty beat (though some of us could’ve stayed another couple of hours). Thankfully, we have tonight off to do some research, write some papers… do a blog post.
This morning we were able to get further down into our units and were visited by some of the kids staying at Crow Canyon for the week.
Mary showing the touring students a black-on-white pottery sherd.
We shared with them some of the information about our site, our units, and why we’re digging where we are. We showed them the variety of lithics and pottery sherds we’ve found so far and what these artifacts mean at this site including activity and the time of occupation.
At lunch, our Native American Scholar, Dee, answered some of our questions about the Hopi culture. She conveyed the importance of sites like the ones we’re working on and how modern Pueblo people connect to them. Ancestral Pueblo sites, like the one we’re excavating, belong to the ancestors of modern Pueblo people, so it’s extremely important that we treat these places with the utmost respect.
After lunch we were back at it! Although it felt as though we had a lesser density in artifacts overall than we did yesterday we learned more about our site. One group may have stumbled across an undisturbed midden and other hopes to reach the floor of a kiva!
Dave and Matt taking elevation measurements... essential for recording and keeping track of your strata.
Cassy and Grace moving dirt by the wheelbarrow full!
– Monyssha T.