It Rained on Saturday

Normally there wouldn’t be this many people working in the same unit but I had 15 minutes before we had to leave and 4 students needing something to do. Might as well start a new unit and clear as much overburden as possible. Somewhere under there is a stone foundation wall.

Today was a half-day in the field since a persistent drizzle made paperwork impossible and working with digital mapping equipment risky (we don’t want to get it too wet-it’ll break). So in the morning we basically finished Unit 4 in the stamp mill (I’ll post about this more in a day or two) and then finally opened up a unit in the area where the eastern foundation wall (made of stone) should meet up with the stamp room.

Around lunch time we gave up trying to stay dry outside and returned to the lab to clean artifacts. Most of these artifacts come from shovel test pits dug in the Clifton area, though there are a few interesting finds from the mill site as well.

Raining=artifact cleaning

Nice ceramic pieces are par for the course in Clifton.

One of our undergrads, Travis, is interested in studying the faunal remains found in Clifton. He’s here helping Lee answer the question, “what did these people eat and how did they prepare it?”

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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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