Student Blog — Well, it’s a well!

Here’s a dispatch from the field by Fraser, who is part of the well team (let’s call them the Wellies!) — Kate

Water is essential for our existence, but it can definitely impede an archaeological investigation. The ground is saturated, and the water table is high, making the conditions challenging. The muddy conditions may slow and complicate the excavation, but it doesn’t dampen the spirits of this group! Music drifts across the field as students and instructors work together to uncover the expected features. I worked at the well excavation today. Both Teika and Erik, experienced excavators, provided me with lots of encouragement and constructive criticism, and no sharp trowels were launched in my direction!

Erik and Teika making a plan for the well’s excavation.
Teika finding a way through (under) this slightly inconvenient fence segment. [Ed. comment from Kate: This sparked comparisons to Sadako from Ringu! ]

Shining soil, and using a trowel to gently excavate the areas around the well was a great practice in the monotony and detail-oriented nature of this work. This produced a not-tiny mound of soil that I was quite proud of!

Backdirt pile from today’s excavation.

In the main operation area, a lake had formed- there was more water than in the well!

Maybe this is a well too? (unlikely)

Other teams continued to map surface artifacts, and most other people were engaged in careful excavation (of an endless supply of mud!). Kate found a fascinating article exploring wells as oft-ignored artifacts, and this information helps create a good intellectual framework for the work as we move forward (Thanks Kate!).

Can you tell which side was expertly excavated?

My back is definitely feeling the labour, but spirits continue to be high! Tired, dirty, these archaeologists are still smiling, and I am happy to be among them!!

— Fraser Williston

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  1. […] we have broken down into smaller task groups. A team is continuing uncovering the well, please see Fraser’s blog post for more details on that from today. We also had mapping teams operating most of the day to […]


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