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Excavation Half Time

July 27, 2015

We are half way through the excavation; where are we at after three weeks of excavation? We started by opening up 40 new square meters (they have now grown into 48). Over the last week we have been digging down through the different contexts and occupation phases – further back in time – and now we are almost at the same level as the large block that was first opened in 2014.

The site three weeks ago

The site three weeks ago

Recently the boardwalk we’ve been chasing almost since the beginning of the project – we first run in to it in 2010 – showed its face. This is not the latest ‘version’ of the boardwalk – but one that is covered by house floor. The boardwalk is a component that seems constant through the different ‘generations’ of houses – we recently found an even earlier walkway in the 2014 block, at exactly the same stretch as the later ones (already removed). The boardwalk seems to carry straight through the house and out through an entrance in the large northeastern wall – possibly the main entrance to the house. And with that said I have also revealed that we think we have found the back wall – and the end of the house. Very exciting!

The site a few days ago

The site a few days ago

Progress can also be seen in the part of the excavation block that was opened in 2014. The large truncated house floor from the time of the big men’s house has been removed, and and a large part of the debris – or leveling that was underneath it. An older wall is emerging from the rubble – and this means old house floors will soon emerge with it – far below the occupational periods we are hitherto familiar with. Even more exciting! The next few weeks we will keep defining and figuring out – so don’t forget to check in on the blog to see the mystery unravel.

IMG_4695We have also seen some faces come and go over the weeks. Our first week crew got shortened by one when Emily left to resume her ‘real’ life as a dancer, choreographer and director of her dance company Catalyst. IMG_5094The second person to leave was our volunteer and site engineer John, who after two weeks of moonlighting as an archaeologist also had to return to reality. His legacy can still be seen at the site in the form of some excellent stairs, that have proved quite necessary for climbing up and down or huge hole that gets deeper every day. Whilst Emily and John had to leave archaeology camp to return to a dirt free normality, IMG_9305Teresa – our total station master extraordinaire had to leave her archaeology vacation to return to real life… archaeology. Theresa, who normally works in Canada, came to help us out for the second year running – therefore she is now considered a permanent addition to the crew 😉 . IMG_2969Through rain and sunshine, through midges and mosquitoes, through context after context of dirt our first year archaeologists Lindsey and Seton have become more and more familiar with the every day life of an archaeology, and more and more skilled archaeologists. At the end of three weeks neither house floors nor total stations could scare them anymore. We will sure miss them, their hard work, and their whims (not least top hits such as ‘Safety Chaz’ & ‘John the Engineer’). And last , but not least, our camp manager’s assistant, Roman also left with Lindsey and Seton.

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However, new people have arrived to join the project (some of them bringing extraordinary gifts), so we are not yet short of hands 🙂

Rick, Big Trowel, Sven

Rick, Big Trowel, Sven

One Comment leave one →
  1. Lindsey permalink
    August 1, 2015 01:51

    “Safety Chaz, Safety Chaz, Where are you? Safety Chaz”
    You guys are the best! I miss it already
    Keep doing an amazing job and finding amazing things! Thanks for the great opportunity.

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