Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Comments, if you please. So my old comment section mysteriously disappeared. I have successfully added Haloscan, so will be looking forward to hearing from people.

Outside it is raining- a slow drizzle that should help the wildflowers sprouting in my front yard. I can't wait for them, this year I have a lot more and a greater variety.

Spent the day working with Jenny on animal bones from a Chinese gardeners well dating from about 1880 to 1900 that were dug up a few years ago. We are going through bags, identifying which animals are present and which parts of the animals. As an example, there are a lot of pig bones, ranging from little baby pigs to the skulls of almost fully grown hogs. Obviously, they were growing pigs on their farm. Also finding smaller amounts of beef and mutton, along with chicken, duck, and even a little kitten. I sent the fish bones out to a guy in California who identified them- 19 species from Arizona, the Pacific coast, and from China. Why is all of this important? Basically the Chinese men who lived in Tucson didn't leave any records of their lives. So the artifacts and bones from the well tell us what foods they ate, how they prepared them, and even what they did in their spare time. It adds a few facts to the history of Tucson. And helps pay my bills!

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