Nothing quite as exciting as the elk pelvis today, but still very busy. I excavated out the humic-y stuff that was beneath and near the bone as well as my Stratum III-3 island. No artifacts in these. Then I began working on taking down the Stratum III-5 (podzol with mottled Stratum III) throughout unit 68E 153N. I reached (hopefully) real Stratum III in both the SW and NW quads with some Stratum III-5 sloping deeper than my 5 cm level towards the middle of the unit. I finished off the day working in the SE quad, but found nothing in all three quadrants.
At the end of the dig day, Rachel and the rest of her group ended up staying late because she found many, many bone fragments and flakes in her last screen. Eventually, they gave up sorting the pieces out and just bagged everything from the screen. Maybe during school I can get paid to sort them out!
We also had two tours today. One was a group of “retired learners” who asked many questions after our presentation of our block. The other was comprised of the speakers from last nights’ Treaty Talks presentation in Nelson.
On the way back from site and at camp, I tried to make a little bow with a stick, a sharp-edged rock for carving, and a small root as the string while I waited to spec in. I removed the bark from the stick and smoothed it out with the rock before carving little notches around the two ends. I also had to strip the ends of the root so I could tie it on better. I got one side tied on, but as I was trying to find the correct length, I bent the stick too far and it broke! Somewhat comically, I tried to glue it back together with hot wax from the citronella candles but that failed miserably. I was forced to give up, but I am now determined to make a bow before I leave (didn’t happen, by the way).
The showers are being crappy tonight. One has been broken for at least a week, spewing water everywhere from a leak in the shower head. Instead of using that one, I decided to shower in the other stall which has on-and-off hot water. While the water stayed hot (mostly), the shower trickled out only a poor little stream (but oddly, the sink worked). So I ended up mostly taking a sink shower, combating the mosquitoes all the way. Hopefully, I can take a better shower soon.
I paddled out on the Slocan River in a sturgeon-nosed canoe! It was super awesome, and the feeling of being on the water again made me almost miss crew! In fact, my coxswain knowledge came in handy for steering and turning around. I remembered about half way through my paddle-hold water turn that back-paddling was a thing, and it made it so much easier.
We also had the canoe’s owner, Harry Wong, and Eileen Pearkes, a local author, come for dinner. Eileen gave a short lecture on the Columbia River Treaty, which defines responsibility and regulation of the dams on the Columbia River between the U.S. and Canada. Her talk went further into the history of the treaty and its effects on the Canadian portion of the Columbia River. The reservoirs created by the dams have majorly disturbed ecosystems and the lives of local people whose land was flooded. Eileen hopes that the treaty will be renegotiated with better terms for Canadian control of their water and for the movement of migratory fish, such as salmon.
Also, Mike found a bone fragment in one of his units!