Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Dig, Day 1. I'm running an excavation the next three weeks. It is a rather unusual project because most of the work is being done inside a house built in the 1860s and 1870s. We need to remove the dirt beneath the floors so they can install air conditioning pipes, utilities, and put a new floor in. Two years ago I worked with the contractors repairing the house and found that the house sets on top of a prehistoric Native American village and is also within the old Spanish fortress.

Today we started on two rooms inside the house. I had the floors pulled up yesterday and we spent some time getting things ready. The dirt is really soft and easy to dig, and we started finding artifacts right away- prehistoric pottery sherds, an arrowhead, bits of Mexican ceramics, buttons, a pile of coins from the 1950s, and lots of animal bones. I'm expecting we will find the remains of several prehistoric houses in the area we are working in. But you never know what you'll find when you do an archaeology dig.

Inside the house, Day 1.

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