Today, we were back at work. I moved back to one of my old units, 69E 153N, and it revealed some interesting things: three flakes (one in situ, in place), one piece of bone, and a strange line of sediment.
Rachel’s cousin visited us today. Also, the thimble berries and service berries, a.k.a. saskatoons, have been out since we returned from Washington, and we are enjoying their sweetness immensely as we walk to and from site, picking them from the side of the trail.
Last night, we also got more temporary tattoos. This time I donned a flying bird on my shoulder. I think I should come up with some sappy story as to why I got it.
(Journal entry from July 7th
Quick highlights because it is late and I am tired:
We woke up this morning to a very hazy sky. Soon, we learned that there is a large wildfire in Nelson. Sometimes you can even smell the smoke here.
I continued working in Unit 69E 153N today. I found bone pieces, flakes, charcoal, and a little floor.
Molly and Emily each gave lectures tonight. Molly talked about faunal analysis, identifying animal bones. Emily discussed her work with geochemical sediment analysis which uses the CVS that we take in the units to determine areas of element concentration. For example, areas with high levels of calcium likely represent where meat was being prepared. Seeing how her results matched up with the features found in Housepit 6 made us all feel less grudging about taking four CVS samples for every level of every unit. Alissa had also given us a lecture on Ethics in Archaeology last night, including a brief look at the laws governing and protecting the archaeological record in the United States and Canada.
More quick highlights:
Last night as I was trying to sleep, I heard a weird noise that almost sounded mechanical because of its repetitiveness but was more animal in tone. Well, we heard that noise again today at site, much louder. We think that it may be a cougar across the river, possibly hurt or in heat.
I worked in Unit 68E 153N today, finding bone pieces including one in situ that I found while taking CVS, floor, a raised and compacted sediment that may just be disturbed floor or may be something else, and two pieces of charcoal.
A local collector visited us this evening with his collection. He had many projectile points, several cool abrasive stones, a couple of ultra smooth adzes (a wood carving tool somewhat similar to an axe), and a some mystery artifacts.
The shower has finally been fixed (it was a broken pipe). However, when I went to finally take a shower this afternoon, the pipe kept popping off its attachment to the trailer, cutting off the water. Rachel finally managed to fix it with her handy-dandy screwdriver by tightening the fastener, and I got my shower at last. It was cold but it felt good, like I was a whole new person once I was clean.
I woke up yesterday morning with back pain in my right shoulder. It continued today. It is sorest when I first wake up but gets better throughout the day.