Aug
27

In Summary…

Oh my, it has been a long, but very fun and very useful twelve weeks. This summer was all about growth. It was about growing my knowledge of not just doing the archaeology, but to develop my skills in artifact identification and site interpretation. Because the site I am doing my thesis on has already…
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Aug
27

The Coolest Unit Ever, and FAQs

Sometimes one hears the horror stories of archaeology, “I was digging in the middle of a corn field in Ohio in the middle of summer for ten weeks and only found four artifacts.” That is about as bad as it gets. Then there are times when a unit is so laden with artifacts, it takes…
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Aug
27

A note on Artifacts

In the realm of archaeology, there are two critical types of information that we study. Though they might have a similar definition, that difference is crucial and changes how we process them. A feature is generally defined as a form of material culture that cannot be removed from a site. So what does that mean?…
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Aug
25

The Life of a Field Assistant, Part 4

Sometimes the life of a field assistant can be really boring. In the mornings, there is often little for me to do. When everyone is around, all of the units have two people in them, which is the ideal number. Thus, most mornings I am often ambling around among the students as they dig until…
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Aug
25

The Life of a Field Assistant, Part 3

As a college student, moving my world into a residence, and then back out again is a way of life. I have done it four years now, and am sure I will have to do it many times still to come. But having to move you world on an archaeological site is a completely different…
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