And we’re back!

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.

Sophia, screening on her first day in the field.

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.

Jess, scraping up the last of the loose dirt in her unit. This 3 x 2 m unit will be extended to include at least another 3 x 3 m to the north (left). Lengthwise, this will capture 5 meters of the ditch, plus immediately interior/eexterior features. Time permitting, we would also like to expand a bit westward, into the ditch enclosure, to target some magnetic anomalies there.

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!

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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One Response to And we’re back!

  1. Bennie Keel says:

    A very ggod plan and I wish you the best with it.

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