In the afternoon, we returned to St. George's to the Archaeology Lab, where I gave an overview talk of identifying and dating early modern ceramics, nails, glass, tobacco pipes, and other commonly encountered artifacts - to prep them for the 17th-century Oven Site floor layers, which we should encounter tomorrow!
Yesterday was a day off, but we had an eminently teachable moment while setting up a beach volleyball court at St. Katherine's beach - to plant the posts, we had to dig fairly deep post holes and then pack them firm to keep the posts upright, and in both digging and filling them in students saw exactly how our Oven Site features were formed and how artifacts in the post hole fill would date the moment of construction. But the educational moment quickly passed and we got down to competitive play! (Jim Axtell's influence lives on another generation: as a William and Mary grad student I played on a professor's team - and now "encourage" my students do the same). We only had one casualty - Judd, the tallest guy on the dig, turned his ankle spiking a ball (but what a great spike it was!).
|Sports Illustrated here we come!|
Before rain ended our digging day early on Sunday, we began to prep our new Cave Site for excavation by clearing a path to it and thinning the trees nearby. We also tested how many archaeologists we can fit into it...
Oh, and Happy Birthday Mom!