Field Archaeology - Summer Session 2004

Decisions about where and why to dig are made early in the day.


Field Assistant shares knowledge of mapping the area.


Perfect 2000 year-old point was spotted in situ (meaning, literally "in place", i.e. that it was uncovered in its original location before being removed by shovel, trowel, etc. This lets us accurately map it in, and understand its relationship to other artifacts and the site as a whole).


Field Assistant demonstrates the proper way to sharpen a shovel.


Test pit area is checked diagonally for squareness.


Good, sharp shovels await their task.


Centimeter by centimeter, the soil is carefully skimmed.


Precision mapping is key to documenting artifact locations.


Locating a position is careful work.


Man-made flake, or natural chip? It takes a trained eye to decide.


Frequent measurements are recorded at the center of each quadrant.


The banks of the Connecticut River provided native cultures with plentiful food, not to mention scenic beauty.


It's hard to stay clean when you're having so much fun!


Back in the lab, large amounts of data are mapped out to give an overview of the scope of the settlement.


Just a few of the specimens from this site.


Student, on left, found this perfect stone axe head.


The final tallies are amazing to Professor Goodby.

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