Just a short post today, as the crew and I need to get cleaned up to head into Liverpool for Canada Day pizza. Today was our first day digging, and it was a productive one.
We removed the sod from the units over the main midden at AlDf-30 (Midden A), and immediately encountered large quantities of broken clam shell and excellently preserved mammal, fish, and bird bone.
Shortly thereafter, we began to find artifacts, including stone tools, stone flakes, and a significant amount of fragmented pottery. We carefully measure and described the location of all of these artifacts using our grid system as a reference. Without that information, the artifacts themselves can tell us very little about the history of the site. It’s a painstaking process, but the only way to produce a comprehensive record.
All in all, it was a very promising first day of digging, and something well worth celebrating with pizza and root beer.