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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

First Day of Community Archaeology 2016

 And so it begins.  Yesterday was the first day of Community Archaeology 2016 at the Kashevaroff Site.  We began where we left off at the end of last summer - deep into the older layers of the site.  Usually our first day of the dig consists of breaking the sods and shoveling off the 1912 Katmai ash, and then it takes a couple of weeks to dig down to the oldest layers at the site.  Not so this year.

Last year we did all the hard work getting down to the oldest layers and then tarped it over to protect it for the winter.  So this year all we had to do was remove the tarps and the backdirt put down to protect the site - and we began to excavate the old stuff.  And right away Gisele found a complete ground slate lance.  I believe it may be the best day one artifact of all time.

Our goal this year at the site is simple - finish the excavation.  We have 2 large blocks open and both are down to the older layers.  Our task this year is to get to the bottom.  After 3 years I feel we have a handle on the site's stratigraphy and on what was going on at the site.  This year I hope to confirm what we found during the first 3 years, and learn more about the site's earliest inhabitants.  But I'm sure there will be some surprises.  Patrick

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