My archaeological colleague at the Museum, Dr. Terrence Clark, is also in the field this year. He is conducting a community archaeology project with Shíshálh band members on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Yesterday, he sent me this email to post on the blog:
“The 2012 field season in underway and the action is in full swing. We are lucky this year to take part in a training program where high school students from the Shíshálh Band are partaking in the excavation. These five youngsters are right in the middle of things, having been equipped with all the tools and the know-how to be real archaeologists.
The sun is shining and the breeze is cool; the only thing sinking our enthusiasm is our unfortunate luck with boats. Despite our high expectations of the rented zodiacs, they have not performed according to plan. A piece broke in the motor of our 5-man zodiac right in the harbour of our camp and despite our remote location there happened to be a friendly fisherman and his wife nearby who towed us into town. We were able to order the new part without too much difficulty and now that motor is back in action. Our 8-man zodiac, however, had not gone as far as breaking down but wasn’t performing to its maximum potential. After finally reading the manual it turns out the tilt wasn’t put on properly but with the help of a wrench it too is ready to go. Fingers crossed, our boat troubles are over!”