Excavation at the Mill-Day 1.

Carol and Brittany working on clearing the surface layer of leaf and root matter in the Warren’s mill stamp room.

Yesterday marked the start of excavations at the stamp mill. The first unit is focused on the remains of Warren’s mill, a smaller mil built atop the Cliff mill’s remains about a century ago. Although we broke ground and moved some dirt, today was mostly about instruction. Instruction in the how and why of unit drawing, photography, using a trowel, and screening the dirt to look for artifacts. Only a few students worked with me today at the mill. The most were continuing the work of the day before lying in a grid of control points for the mapping of Clifton.

The nice thing about this excavation unit is that it’s under a tree, which means working in the shade all day. The downside however, is that it means lots of sunspots on your photographs. We may need to rig up a tarp to put over the unit to keep the lighting uniform.

Travis, a guest student from Grand Rapids, is figuring out that tomorrow we should probably bring out a taller screen, since this one only reaches his knees. This is a sore back certainty.


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About Sean Gohman

Currently a PhD Degree seeking student in the Michigan Tech University's Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program.

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