A Day in the Life of an Archaeological Field School Student (6/19/15)-By Rosa Compean-Molina

Today was the last day on the Duncan Doughnut site (AZ:CC:4:63 (ASM)). This whole week we uncovered well preserved bones, charcoal, and flaked stone debitage on a site that could be a sheet midden. I learned a lot working on this unit along with Dr. Hard and Ashley Jones. We started off with a 50 x 50 cm unit because of the slope. And because of this I also learned how to stair step the unit. Going down by 10 centimeters each level the length of the unit kept extending to a point where we needed to stair step to see a lower level without extending it too far and removing a cultural feature. This site really helped me get to know what excavating was about, and it was exciting. We made sure that each level was measured correctly and the forms of each unit were completed before we moved on to the next level, especially being vigilant about our bag log numbers. I was getting into the rhythm of documenting and excavating. During the screening process, however, I needed Ashley’s assistance every time I came upon a heat spall, which I thought were flaked stone debitage pieces, but were in fact pieces of rock that pop off when a rock is put into a fire. But within time my eyes started to focus on shapes and colors to find artifacts, charcoal, and bone. Today was the day when we finally hit soil change. From the ashy soil to orange brown, indicating the end of the sheet midden. Everything that we did this week lead up to this and I was happy to see this until the end of the excavation.

A mammal mandible fragment from AZ:CC:4:63 (ASM)

A mammal mandible fragment from AZ:CC:4:63 (ASM)

Small mammal humerus fragment from AZ:CC:4:63 (ASM)

Small mammal humerus fragment from AZ:CC:4:63 (ASM)

Unidentified mammal bone fragment from AZ:CC:4:63 (ASM)

Unidentified mammal bone fragment from AZ:CC:4:63 (ASM)

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