|Ethan and Alice, showing off|
U of R pride
|Students wearing this year's official|
It's hard to believe how quickly time flies during a field school. Seems like just yesterday everyone was getting off the plane, but we've fused into a well honed team and have made tremendous progress, both educationally and on Oven Site. And we just completed Seventeenth-Century Day, which will get its own blog post a bit later.
Since the last installment, We took much of Oven Site down on a plane to the surface of the late 17th-century floor layer. En route, we discerned from among the later quarry rubble a 2-3 course narrow stone wall which had toppled inward - apparently the footing for a wooden sill that supported the frame of the second-period timber frame house.
|17th-century floor in foreground, with fallen wall just to the north, looking north|
|House exterior trench,|
The students have learned a lot and are now fairly proficient at context recording, drawing plans, taking elevations, and discerning layer changes. Having Mimi, Sam, and Alice and returnee-mentors has been a great help! Saturday was the first tally of scoring for the Gelato Cup, and Team Leigh prevailed by a narrow margin (180 to 171). Jim vows to take it back next week, though!
Besides the work on Smiths Island, we've had many other adventures. Our collective viewing of Game of Thrones (Season Five) has become a field school tradition, attracting everyone except Ethan, who isn't caught up yet and doesn't want spoilers. Last week, Officer Norman again invited us to Paget Island to see old Fort Paget (circa 1612), Fort Cunningham, and to let the brave and crazy among us try their skills on the ropes course. A great day out!
Our Leigh-der on the zipline