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Sod it!

August 2, 2012

First day of excavation = moving sod.

Our first ”real” day of excavation our 17 people strong crew were greeted at the site by some truly horrible Alaskan weather. Harsh introduction to Alaska (and digging) for some. The only good thing to be said about it is that from now on everything will seem good in comparison. Funny thing is we had the same kind of weather on our first day of excavation two years ago, only this time we had a tent to hide in during lunch. Luxury!

Sod breaking has been swift. We now have a proper site. Six more squares opened up in addition to the 11 first ones, and where the turf layer is gone a story is already forming. In the south end of the trench house floor layers very similar to what we had in 2010 is showing up. We’re only on the very top of it, but we know it will be very rich. Even more exciting however, towards the north we have a burnt peat layer very similar to the burnt down “side room” that we found in the northernmost squares of the 2010 excavation. C14 dates showed this room to date to c. 1650 – the time for the “bow and arrow wars” that we know from oral traditions. To add to the excitement it looked like the house might have been under attack, maybe even burnt down on purpose…? Now to our 2012 “burnt peat”; the more top soil that was taken out today, the more it started to look like a feature, and at the end of the day when the trench was emptied of diggers it appeared. Two posts in each end of the burnt peat layer – nice shape to it – by the looks of it we got our house!

And remember; this was just the first day… the excitement continues, stay tuned for more!


One Comment leave one →
  1. Mike permalink
    August 2, 2012 20:53

    wow I have to get down there soon. Missing out already!

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