CliffMAP 2012. Ch ch ch changes!
Welcome to CliffMAP 2012. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?
The snows are melting away and that means one thing – another field season at the Cliff! We are currently getting ready to apply for funds from the Keweenaw National Historic Park’s Advisory Commission through their Heritage Grants Program http://www.nps.gov/kewe/parkmgmt/grants.htm. We have been fortunate to receive funds through this program each of the last two years and are grateful that the program has been extended for at least another year.
Field work will begin in early May again and continue into late June. The broad strokes plan for this year’s field work will focus on two areas again. First, an expansion of last year’s excavations at the mill site to target the edges/foundations of the mill. And second, to continue mapping and testing areas of the Clifton community. There are a couple other ideas/areas that we would like to try and tackle as well but for now (at least until we have a better handle on student numbers) we’ll be sticking to these two. I’ll try to fill in more details in the weeks to come.
You’ll notice some changes to the CliffMAP blog site. I thought it could use a make-over so I started with a nice copper background and built from there. I wanted to make it sleeker and with bigger photos, calling to mind Tumblr pages for those of you into micro-blogging. Sometimes, a post may only show a portion of the text and one photo, so feel free to click on the post title to expand it and see if there are more images/text contained within.
My aim this year is to upload more posts but to keep the majority of them shorter. Last year’s posts were often long, time-consuming to write, and much of the basic info about excavation and field work can now be put aside to try to provide a more personal look at those of us doing the work. Speaking with visitors to the Cliff last year showed me that people like to follow the tedium of excavation work, but they really want to see pictures of students interacting with the site and hear about what makes us excited to work at Cliff every year. I am going to try to keep that in mind as I (and hopefully many others) contribute to writing posts.