A very good day!

Written by Michele Greenan, Natural History Collections Manager

It was a great day to dig! We started a bit later because the storms were brewing in the area. Our site is in the middle of a very large field and any hint of lightning will send us flying outta the site – so we tend to be very cautious. But the rain moved by and the day went along very well – with nice cloudy cover and a pretty darn good breeze. It was a nice little break from those scorchers we had been dealing with.

Digging the riverbank is cumbersome, but this year I’ve got some serious help! In the top picture, we have crew digging a platform from which to work. Sometimes you have to dig standing like Charlie Chaplin – minus the cane, add the pick, but in this instance, they were able to build a nice platform. To his left is a nice big feature that had lots of artifacts in it. As excavation takes place at the feature, crew grabs the full buckets and water screens down by the river (bottom picture).

Back at the trench, the crew continued to reveal a structure and features, which are now starting to really take shape (I will have a picture this for the next post).

We ended the day a bit early. The storms started to kick up again and we played it safe and left. That’s it until next time!

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