Units to come

This June, I am  fortunate to be working with an excellent crew.

Ashley (left) and Erika (right), backfilling the first unit.

These hardworking archaeologists agreed to wake up early on a Saturday to locate the next set of units we plan to excavate. We used a total station to stake out several different locations over top subsurface anomalies identified during magnetometry survey. All of these units are much closer to Mound No. 2, so we have high hopes that they will yield interesting archaeological deposits. By getting this part of the job done over the weekend, we’ll be able to hit the ground running on Monday — in other words, excavation!

Several of the new units will be in this front yard, where the owners have graciously allowed us to excavate. Somewhat surprisingly, the magnetometry results indicate that this area has not undergone substantial disturbance in modern times. We look forward to finding high quality archaeological remains and to working in the shade!

About Alice Wright

Alice is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State University. She tweets about archaeology, Appalachia, and cats @alicepwright.
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