Posted by: Aaron Bobik | July 11, 2008

Jacal Roomblock: July 11, 2008

Well, the last week of excavating is over. The final five days of digging were extremely hectic, but we all accomplished a great deal. After spending nearly the first four weeks removing rocks, mortar, and other pieces of wall fall, last week we began identifying a variety of features throughout the various units. The features ranged from a mealing bin to ash pits to post holes to hearths. The last week was mainly spent frantically excavating each feature. A great deal of ash and charcoal were removed from many of the features, and some interesting artifacts have been discovered. For example, towards the end of today, a mano used in the grinding of corn was discovered. In addition to excavating the various features, the last week was devoted to preparing the site for final mapping and then backfilling. Over the weekend, we will be filling in everything we have excavated with dirt to preserve it for others in the future. We have all come a long way in the past five weeks in terms of gathering the necessary skills towards becoming efficient archaeologists. It has been a great experience for us all and we’ll be sad to see it come to an end.

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