Excavation Day

Today, we excavated. I’m beginning to feel like I am in that book “Holes”, except that everyone is a lot nicer and we are doing scientific work. Furthermore, I am sorry to state that I did not take any pictures today to show y’all, but we are working on it. Otherwise I would have been a little bit more prepared. Any-who, today was rather spectacular as I feel that everyone got more into their excavation unit and started to find some rather curious artifacts. I personally found a turquoise pendant that looked like it belonged on the end of a necklace, as well as a piece of obsidian that was a fragment of a projectile point. Other people in our group found pieces of corn cob, and others found projectile points just like me. 

The excavating itself was incredibly difficult today as the ground was incredibly dry and the wind was rather strong (when it did blow). What ended up happening is that we would finally drudge up some dirt and the wind would just blow away all of the dust, which really made me feel as if I was in some kind of Greek tragedy. However this work wasn’t a complete tragedy at all, as there was the rewarding feeling afterwards of looking at how many centimeters we had all worked; which seemed to justify the days hard work. 

  After excavation, I personally went and took a shower and then headed off to lecture. Today we learned about the importance of pottery, and what it can tell us about the people in the past’s culture. Pottery is able to do this as pottery is a learned skill from ones family, which gives us as archaeologists an idea as to what the community as a whole believe in. Overall today was rather curious, as I personally learned a lot and was consistently surprised by what I found-or found out in the field. 

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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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