Hello again! Long time, no post. So here's a quick little recap of my last two years: I graduated from Hamilton College with my degree in Archaeology & Creative Writing in May 2017! I returned to beautiful BC and the Slocan Valley in Summer 2017 as a teaching assistant for Hamilton's field school. I have … Continue reading Blogging from America’s Best Idea!
Since my last post was rather boring/repetitive/box-of-rocks, I figured it's time to let you know about life outside of the lab. After all, summer on the Hill (a.k.a. Hamilton) is part of the experience - including 5:30 a.m. fire alarms! Two of the dorms are open for students during the summer. I'm living in one … Continue reading It’s Not a Tent, But At Least We Have Hot Water
Yup. Back to staring at rocks 6+ hours a day. My roommate, Jennie, started asking, "What did you do today BESIDES stare at rocks?" To which I replied, "Stare at rocks and throw away rocks." After finishing the stratigraphy chapter and profiles, I returned to the world of lithics. This time I re-categorized the lithic … Continue reading More Staring at Rocks…
Answer #1: Stratigraphy refers to the distinct layers of sediment found while excavating. Answer #2: I am writing about dirt because the stratigraphy provides relative dates for artifacts and suggests potential features such as fire hearths and post holes. After finishing the chapter on lithics, I moved on to writing a summary chapter on the … Continue reading What in the World is Stratigraphy? A.K.A. Why am I Writing About Dirt?
It's amazing my eyes still function. But anyways, I began this summer working on lithic analysis of the artifacts from SNAP 2015 field school. The first step was to find and organize all of the bags of lithic artifacts by housepit and SPEC number. Then I went through every bag and categorized all of the … Continue reading Staring at Tiny Rocks Six Hours a Day
Hi y'all! I'm back! I originally figured that I would be done with this blog after the end of last summer, but I just can't stay away! Haha! Well, actually I have decided this blog should be about more than just my adventures in British Columbia. I want to share my passion for learning about … Continue reading The Adventure Continues (In the Lab)!
About two weeks after returning from British Columbia, my mom walked into my room with news that I had been voluntold (meaning told that I am volunteering) into giving a presentation on my trip to a group of middle school kids in two days. So I threw together a Powerpoint and suited up in my SNAP … Continue reading Archaeology Close to Home
Many of you probably already know, but for those who don't, I am a Creative Writing major in addition to an Archaeology major. While my journal was perhaps not the artistic masterpiece I had somewhat hoped it would be and neither was the trip particularly suited for awe-inspiring, must-make-this-into-a-poem moments, I did managed to write … Continue reading I Wrote a Thing With Line Breaks (a.k.a. A Poem)!
Day 41 July 18th (Journal Entry from July 19th 7:08 p.m. Central Time Flying) This morning we woke up bright and early for our usual 7:15 a.m. breakfast, and then headed back up to the field to finish packing. I have got to say, taking down a tent is not nearly as fun as putting … Continue reading Days 41 & 42 – The Journey Home
Day 39 July 16th (Journal from July 17th 3:57 p.m. SNAP) Today was simultaneously the best and the worst day of excavation; the best because we are finished and will be going home soon, the worst because it is also sad to leave and we had to lug buckets of dirt back from the screening … Continue reading Days 39 & 40 – Backfill. Clean-up. PARTY!