Monday, July 5, 2010

Archaeology Day

Today we were at King Farm doing an archaeological dig, which I must add was AMAZING!

The group was spread out between 5 different spots- Snake Cabin, King House, Green's Cabin, a rock hangover, and one group was looking at graffiti on the rock walls.  In every group you were placed with a couple college students, all of which are here at Sewanee for a Field School in Archaeology Program. It was fun working right next to them, even though you had no clue what you were doing. It was really easy to get the hang of though. All in all it was a great day out in the field, but I think it was even more interesting to come back and clean our artifacts.

We came back to the lab and washed and scrubbed our artifacts. Basically we were just trying to get all of the dirt off of them. It was really cool to see what everyone found though. There were a lot of rusted nails, what looks like chips of a china set, tons of glass, and lots of chert (which is the chips of rock that fly off when you are making an arrowhead). It was all very interesting. I learned so much, and I hope the group that goes out tomorrow finds even more!

Kali Thompson

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