Beginning of the End: Part 2

Area H shown partially finished

The excavation in Area H, which was a continuation of a trench begun two years earlier, proved very fruitful.  It was from this trench that the majority of bones and artifacts were recovered.  As the season began we had hoped to complete this area, getting down through all . . . → Read More: Beginning of the End: Part 2

Beginning of the End: Part 1

REU students Kim and Erin seiving

I apologize as it has been awhile since my last update.  As is usually the case, the last week or so on site is very hectic, this season being no different.  Also contributing to the delay has been the fact I’ve been on the road continuously since . . . → Read More: Beginning of the End: Part 1

Dirt, bones, buckets, and smoking pipes…and midges

Composite knife – bone and iron

Site update!  We are approximately halfway through the field season here and things are moving along very smoothly.  In Area E, where most of our focus has been, we have excavated down to a context between the 1410 and 1300 tephra layers.  Making it to this level . . . → Read More: Dirt, bones, buckets, and smoking pipes…and midges

Closing out Week 1

Veiðivötn 1477 tephra exposed in Area E

Most of our efforts for the past few days have been on Area E, around the house.  With seven people on site we’ve managed to take out a significant amount of soil very quickly, now getting down to the Veiðivötn 1477 tephra, and at the end . . . → Read More: Closing out Week 1