Archeology Field Trip

Last Friday we were lucky enough to join the archeology department for a morning.

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Archeology

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Wouldn’t you camp here? I would. Gentle curve of the river, the north bank is higher and provides shelter, good sweet land.

The day was overcast, luckily, but there were tarps covering it all as well, and flags and fencing to mark off the areas you might be likely to stumble into if you were not paying attention. Hardly a mosquito to be seen, too, which is usually the price you pay for an overcast day. An ideal day.

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Good for the Back Muscles

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Scrape with a trowel held at 45 degrees. Scoop the dirt into dustpans and then into your bucket. Call the professor when you discover something. Measure the location of the stone flake within the quadrant.

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Archeology

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Archeology

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Take your bucket to the screens and make sure you’re not overlooking small bits before you discard your soil.

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Archeology

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We were lucky enough to find quite a few things.  It kept the kids interested in what can be a fairly tedious way to explore soil.  Several stone flakes, mostly bones, and something they called ‘shatter’ that was apparently an exciting kind of byproduct of the tool-making process.

Next year for sure!

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5 thoughts on “Archeology Field Trip

  1. Katrien says:

    Neat! I don’ know of any programs like that around here, but that doesn’t mean I can’t make one myself. After Amie has gone to sleep, do some digging, plants some artifacts, some bones, then fill up the pit again… Sounds like a plan. If only it would stop raining.

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