I flew into Fredericton at midday on Sunday, and was kindly met by Dr. David Black, who drove me to pick up our rental van. It is a sleek black model that is far too shiny and clean for its intended use .
Our gear all fit into the van (see previous post), but only just. This is a real problem, because it seems we now have very limited space to bring our animal bones and midden samples back to Fredericton. Last year, we filled six large boxes of this material. This year we should have much more – by an order of magnitude. This is an issue I need to get sorted before we leave Port Joli, but for now I’ll just worry about getting the material out of the ground.
Otherwise, the drive to Port Joli was uneventful (all seven hours of it). We arrived at the Harrison Lewis Centre just before sundown and had enough time to pack our things in our cabins, which are very comfortable. In fact, I’ve even set up a little office space in my cabin, where I’ll be posting to the blog for the rest of the summer.
Today we woke early, unpacked the van, had a quick breakfast, and then left for Thomas Raddall Provincial Park, where we had a meeting to discuss final preparations for the public portion of the dig (more on that in later posts).
Later, we drove to Liverpool and picked up groceries – following an order from our cook, Laurie, for our crew of 11.
My archaeological army will march on its stomach. We started our march tonight with homemade lasagna donated by my mother (as we passed through Halifax last night), and amazing garlic bread made by Natalie and Gabe.