A Day in the Life of an Archaeological Field School (6/23/15)-By Hayley Fishbeck

Today Andrea Thomas and I continued our excavations in our beloved rock ring designated ‘Feature E.’ It continues to yield interesting results, however, it is very much more than frustrating trying to dig through bedrock – yet we push on! So far we’ve recovered the base of a projectile point, a mano (used for food-grinding purposes), and a suspicious formation of five rocks in the middle of our feature. We will also took flotation samples from the fill underneath those rocks to see if we can get a hold of datable charcoal. A day in the life of an archaeological field school student is sweaty and overwhelming at times, but always exciting and rewarding as well. Today I learned how to create a profile map to understand the stratigraphy of the Northeast and Southeast Quadrant units; this type of map aids in the understanding of the various soils found in the feature, as well as the fill used to create a floor for the structure.

Here I am hard at work on excavating the Southeast Quadrant unit, level 3 of Feature E

Here I am hard at work on excavating the Southeast Quadrant unit, level 3 of Feature E

This is a picture of the profile map I drew with the help of Andrea Thomas and Megan Brown providing the profile measurements

This is a picture of the profile map I drew with the help of Andrea Thomas and Megan Brown providing the profile measurements

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