A Day in the Life of an Archaeological Field School Student (06/17/15)-By Megan Brown

My day was spent surveying the eastern base of Round Mountain. It was my task to flag important flaked stone and ceramic artifacts on site SF-04. John Roney briefly explained the diagnostic attributes of flaked stone I needed to look for, such as the bulb of percussion and the striking platform, as well as how to distinguish between rocks and ceramic sherds before I scanned the ground. We then moved on to an early 1900s railroad camp where I learned how to create a survey site map. I was in charge of drawing the site map and documenting all artifacts found within the map. It was a very productive day that included a small side step into historical archaeology, which included artifacts such as pieces of varying colors of glass and bullet cartridges from varying caliber sizes.

In this picture I am documenting the flagged artifacts in the survey  site map.

In this picture I am documenting the flagged artifacts in the survey site map.

David Barron and I receiving instructions on where to search next for artifacts.

David Barron and I receiving instructions on where to search next for artifacts.

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