20 LUGLIO 2016
Resoconto della giornata di scavo
Today we finished excavations in Area 2000. Vicki finished removing and packaging skeleton 2757 with Jaidee, which we also confirmed was from the 11th or 12th century. Max, Kit, Lydia, and Courtney pickaxed and cleaned in the northern portion of Sector A, which is almost ready to be permanently closed. Shelby and Eugenio, with some help from Morgan, removed skeleton 2764. Because this skeleton had antemortem breaks in the ribs, each rib was packaged individually. Morgan additionally helped Lydia to clean the western extension. Tomorrow we will finish cleaning the whole site, take final points for GIS, and final pictures before covering it up for the season.
On this the eighteenth day of field school, we continued the excavation of the deep hole and continued to level the site. There were more pottery sherds found in the hole, however these sherds were not an adequate size to provide much information. We know that the sherds are from before the thirteenth century.
We began the day with a lecture by Anna Tremblay on paleodemography. She focused on the fundamentals of the discipline and talked about her dissertation research on prehistoric populations in Illinois. Then, we went to the site and removed some of the burials. For burial 6130, the group cleaned the bones, took photos, and began filling out the skeletal context sheet. For burial 6122, the group finished removing the remains and cleaned the cut of the grave itself. For burial 6119, we continued to expose bones and began removing some of them. Then, all the students went back to the school to take the Osteology and History/Stratigraphy portions of the exam.
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