The Trench is ready! And the sun was shining all day long!!

We had an amazing day on site today. The trench is completely ready for us to get stuck in on Monday morning, first thing! We cleaned up the edges this morning, our first work with the spade and shovel and trowels. This was a learning experience in technique (and in straight-ish lines!).

Sarah, Amanda, Meagan and Rohana clean up and straighten the edges of the trench, while Alex inspects the work (or a really big worm!).
Sarah, Amanda, Meagan and Rohana clean up and straighten the edges of the trench, while Alex inspects the work (or a really big worm!).

We spent the afternoon learning how to process finds with Kate, one of the site supervisors with a special interest in Roman pottery. She taught the students the site recording system with weighing, quantifying and categorizing sherd types. We actually processed two trays of pottery from a context in the main trench with Terra Sigillata, Mortaria, amphora, Black Burnished ware and other course wares and fine wares from different levels of the excavation.

The crew processes the pottery trays with various sherds of Roman wares.
The crew processes the pottery trays with various sherds of Roman wares.
Stephanie, an anthropology major with a serious interest in animal bones, gives an impromptu lesson to Rohana about bone types and animal remains drying in the sun (yes, the sun! It shone all day today!) after being washed for processing and analysis.
Stephanie, an anthropology major with a serious interest in animal bones, gives an impromptu lesson to Rohana about bone types and animal remains drying in the sun (yes, the sun! It shone all day today!) after being washed for processing and analysis.

 

 

4 thoughts on “

  1. Looking good guys. Hope your week is bright and sunny. Looks like everyone is learning a lot and having a lot of fun. Good luck on the first week of real digging.

  2. I just *know* Rohanna’s training in Greek and Roman Drama is going to come in handy any minute now.

  3. Hello Beth – that is what I like to see, beautiful sunshine, perfectly straight baulks, trays of sherds and bones – great way to end the week. Hope the good weather holds up for you all on the weekend field trips/hikes.

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