Final Open House Weekend for 2013
This weekend is the final open house for the 2013 field season. We will have lots going on at the site, even though the rain has kept our excavation units flooded by the high water table.
We are trying to finish the excavation of four trenches, all of which visitors can see when they come to the site. In addition, we will be experimenting with a couple of other technologies. Part of our team is laying in survey points for a LiDAR scan of the entire valley. We hope that we’re going to be able to use the natural topography to adapt MTU’s ground-based LiDAR scanner into something like an aerial LiDAR scan. If you don’t know anything about LiDAR, you can read our blog posts here and see some recent news stories here, here, and here). In addition to the excavation and the survey, we’ll be continuing our botanical survey of surviving cultivar plants (roses, lilac, apple and pear trees, etc.). The famous Cliff Roses should be just starting their bloom this weekend!
I’ve also posted some more pictures of “goings on” at the site from the last open house weekend. We hope to see lots of people this Saturday and Sunday, from 10-3:30!