GCAP: Indoor Version

Some freshly washed artifacts laid out to dry. These came from one of the plowzone levels; not surprisingly, they include some notable examples of Pisgah ceramics (the lower few sherds in particular).

Finally, we’re ready for round two of research for the Garden Creek Archaeological Project! After a few weeks of post-fieldwork organization, I’m back in the North American Range of the University of Michigan’s Museum of Anthropology to process and analyze the artifacts we collected this summer at the Garden Creek site. Luckily, some familiar faces will be helping out with this phase of investigation.

The gang is back together again! Erika and Claire are taking time out of their busy class schedule to wash artifacts.

In the next few weeks, field-tested students Claire, Sophia, and Erika and I should finish washing the last of the artifacts and will begin looking at some assemblages in more detail. Claire and Sophia will be focused on the ceramics, while Erika will be working on the lithics. Before too long, we hope to be able to post some ongoing interpretations based on our laboratory findings.

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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4 Responses to GCAP: Indoor Version

  1. Bennie says:

    Sorry we missed you at SEAC. We had a sudden death in the family and had to go home Thursday afternoon.

    Looks like a typical Garden Ck ceramic collection.

  2. Tanya Peres says:

    Hey Alice — any faunal remains from your excavations?

    • Alice Wright says:

      Hey Tanya —

      Actually, yes, but very, very little (i.e., a shoe box full, generously), and very, very fragmented. Honestly, at this point, I haven’t done more with it than bag-and-tag, though a second look is on my to-do list for the summer. The soil just eats up bone at the site — which is always a bummer when discussions of feasting are a big part of the literature of the period! I do know, though, that Tom Whyte recently wrote up his analysis of the Mound No. 2 fauna that Bennie recovered (a recent issue of North Carolina Archaeology, I think); again, a small sample, but maybe better than nothing.


  3. Bennie Keel says:

    Glad to see you up again. I have been wondering what was going on with you and the project.

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