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Today I excavated. I spent the whole day destroying a floor to get to the floor beneath it. We used pickaxes to break up the dirt and turiyas to shovel the dirt into buckets. We must have taken 30 buckets of floor dirt out, maybe more. When we were about halfway through, we came upon an ashy layer that threw me and my supervisor into some confusion. He couldn't figure out why ...
Today marked our first full-day break from manual labor. Instead of digging, we had seminars. I will first of all mention that we did not have to wake up until 6. I didn't because I didn't want to fall out of practice of getting up at 4, so I listened to an audiobook from 4-6. We also got a delicious hotel breakfast. Seminars were like short classes on various subjects like botany, bone, metal, GIS, and microarchaeology and there ...
"Today marks the first day of real archaeological excavation....in some places," said Jonathan Wiley as we came up to Grid 51 this morning. This statement was very accurate. I myself didn't get to do any excavation but some of us did. I began my day by scraping a floor to make sure all the wash was removed. We used our trowels to do the scraping and the brushes to clean it. This didn't take long and I then volunteered to clean ...
Today was much easier. Much less heavy lifting, more small scale clean up. I began the day working in a little room of my own beside the Eastern Bulk (or square edge). I used a patiche and trowel to scrape off the winter wash on the bulk and walls and cleaned up the floor with a turiya. I was able to uncover a lot of the walls and floor. I also exposed the stratigraphy visible in the bulk, like ...
Day 1 = the first stage of adapting to hours of physical labor: soreness.
The day of work began at 5 am and I volunteered to take wheelbarrows of dirt from the square to the dump pile. I didn't wear gloves and got myself a blister. Once I roared out of that job, I began to do some scraping. The purpose of today's work was to remove all the excess that had accumulated in the square over the last year. We used turiyas (they ...
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