Lab Day… Zooarchaeology!!!

Today was Lab day and it was nice to take a break from the field. The first thing we do was to continue making our pottery. Paul explained the process of slipping our pottery in order to paint. Then we made a paint brush and wait for our pottery to dry. Many people were eager to focus on their work. However, before I finished my pottery lunch was ready!         DSC_0013.JPG    DSC_0015 (1).JPG

During lunch, we heard a presentation from a Native American scholar about Hopi Kinship. Hopi kinship follows the matrilineal side of the family. In addition, the Hope family structure is complex with each member of the family having a different role. 

 

After lunch, Jon introduced us to zooarchaeology which is the study of animal remains in archaeological sites. Then, in teams of three, we started the process of identifying animal bones. It was a long and strenuous process. After one hour our team identified three animal bones. Not bad for novices! At the end of the day some people dread to become zooarchaeologists but others including me are more interested in becoming future zooarchaeologists.

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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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