Sunday, January 10, 2010

Archaeology tends to borrow from other sciences. Often we rely on the specialized knowledge that others have. As an example, during the recent dig down next to the train depot Ralph was digging a pit filled with green dirt and came across a rusted tin can filled with insect remains. The copper and other chemicals in the dirt had helped contribute to the unusual preservation of the insects, which have been deceased since the time period the pit was created and filled, between 1887 and 1901.

I am thankful to have an esteemed entomologist among my friends, and so I asked Doug if he would like to contribute to the report for the project. He has written an interesting entry on his blog on the identification and analysis of the insects. Please read it and imagine us wearing pith helmets and white lab coats.

Sometime later this year he'll get a copy of the report with his name on the cover as a contributing author! I am sure that this is the first archaeological report that he has helped on.

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