Unfortunately we didn’t make it into the field today, as we had preparation work to do before we could begin excavation. We spent the morning unpacking our gear and making a list of needed items – we had prepared well so our list was quite short. We then drove into Liverpool to pick up supplies, including groceries to feed the crew; I had a feeling of déjà vu, the entire time…
Compare this year’s photo to the 2010 shopping trip here: https://coastalarchaeology.wordpress.com/2010/06/29/first-night-and-first-day/
In the afternoon we unpacked the groceries, made a cooking and cleaning schedule, and built our screens – a critical tool in archaeological work. We sift all of the dirt we excavate through 3mm (1/8th inch) mesh to collect small lithic flakes (from making stone tools), small animal bones, and other small cultural debris that we may miss during excavation. These tiny fragments are sometimes the only objects left by human occupation and their careful study can reveal a tremendous amount about past human behaviour.
Tonight I will train the crews on the use of the iPads, and tomorrow we begin laying out an excavation grid. The 2012 season has officially begun!