The last six weeks of this season’s excavations at Garden Creek are off to a great start! Today, we welcomed two new members to the GCAP team: third year graduate student Jess Beck and undergraduate Sophia Reini, both of the University of Michigan.
After last week’s discoveries in the trench, we have decided to open up a fairly broad, horizontal excavation block nearby to capture more of the earthwork ditch (Unit 8). This should help clarify several patterns that the trench could only hint at, such as a possible line of posts immediately outside the ditch and the existence of hearth features immediately inside it. We will spend the next several days removing the plowzone across approximately 2o square meters. After that, we should be able to see the top of the ditch (and any adjacent features) in plan, which we will then excavate in the natural zones observed in the trench profile.
So far, we have almost a third of this block open to the base of the plowzone. Already, we can see soil color changes that tell us that we are coming down on the trench and nearby features. With meteorological luck and a little elbow grease, we should have a picture of the entire block up soon!