Student Blog — Flying Solo

We are a week and a half in to the field school, and it is at this point that our crew are starting to develop and practice the skills they have learned. Here is Lorna’s account of her day. — Kate

Today was the first day that I flew completely solo. At this point in the excavation, many people are working on side projects and learning exercises. So my work unit was empty except for me. This also means that it was a rather slow day for artifact discoveries. I found a continuation of the clay pipe stems and a lot of glass shards. It was a slow-moving process of shovel shining and then sifting through my buckets of dirt. Fortunately, it wasn’t a very hot day and I was able to finish up the context I was working on before lunch.

Plan of well feature
Metal button

For a period in the middle of the day, I was recruited to complete a sketch plan of the well’s outer wall. It was a nice break from the physical work and I enjoy using artistic skills in the field. However, my most exciting find came at the very end of the day. It was a little metal button, likely from a shirt or jacket. Overall, it was a good day. Everyone seemed to be in high spirits, and we made good progress. I can’t wait to get back out there again tomorrow!

— Lorna Miessner

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