Undergraduate field crew member Sophia Reini will be posting a more detailed report of this week’s excavations soon, but for now, a preview:
On Wednesday we began to excavate the top zone of fill in the earthwork ditch. In the process, we have found delicate sheets of mica at the boundary between this zone of fill and the one below it. It’s been difficult to expose these delicate artifacts without removing them completely, but over the next few days, we’ll take our time to see if they resolve to form some sort of lining. Considering the importance of mica in Hopewellian ritual assemblages, we are excited to find it concentrated in this earthwork ditch; it might be able to tell us something about Middle Woodland interactions at Garden Creek.