By Cheryl Whitton
When most people think of the weather on an archaeological dig, they automatically think of sunny and warm. Although this is the ideal weather, archaeologists, as we have had the opportunity to find out, work in all sorts of weather, rain or shine.
This morning we woke up to fog and, upon checking the weather, discovered that it was going to rain. Like true archaeologists, we decided to go out to the site anyway and see how the day would play out. By the time we reached the site, it had yet to start raining, so we began to dig in our units. Within 15 minutes of digging, the rain began. We all got our rain gear on and continued to dig.
Then we heard thunder and it really began to pour. We went back to Area C to get some shelter from the trees and tarps back there. Tarps were placed over Area C to protect the living space that is being uncovered there from the heavy rain. After waiting half an hour, and with the rain yet to let up (and more heavy rain predicted for the afternoon), it was decided to pack up and call it a day. Although we hated to leave the site, we were all completely soaked, and our notes were getting wet. We spent the rest of the day drying out our gear and tools.
Below are a couple of pictures of us in the rain: