Student Blog – Sifting Table Chats

We will feature student blogs throughout the field school. Our first student blog post of 2023 is from Fraser, who shares with us moments from his first day of excavation. — Kate

            A lifetime of camping has prepared me in some ways for archaeology work. So many clothing options! Weatherproof, breathable, often colourful – these garments can make or break your time in the outdoors. Cold butts and wet feet can ruin a natural experience. Gray rainy days and chilly weather might dampen some, but not this group of archaeologists! Laughter echoes on the site as we get to know each other, and explore the best ways to process thick mud through screens in an attempt to locate cultural artifacts. Now I know Steph’s favourite movie (Johnny Got His Gun), and Jada’s favourite food (Fajitas).

I learned that Josh knows a ton about drilling, and scuba diving, and that Kyla and Kelsey are co-presidents of Trent’s student archaeology association. These are just some of the topics that get discussed while working methodically to process the excavation material. It is tedious work, but in the best possible way. For a complete novice (like me) to archaeological methodology, this experience has already exceeded my expectations! It is clear that many of my colleagues have profound passion for this work, and it is infectious! I am supremely optimistic about this team, and our prospects for learning and enjoying a successful field school experience!!

— Fraser Williston

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