Being on an actual dig has surpassed all my expectations so far. It has been fun and enriching. The only downside that comes to mind is the weather we sometimes have to work in. I guess if you don’t want to be in the cold or heat, archaeology is the wrong field of choice. That being said, Day 7 was actually a very beautiful day. I was actually surprised with how fast the morning chill became warmth. All I had to do was blink.
Day 7 was probably the best day for learning that I had since Day 1 and 2. Ever since Day 2 I have been stuck in the same unit (Unit 5). Not to say that Unit 5 is boring -- it’s great. However eventually you have to do something different. I was moved to Unit 9.
At Unit 9 we found what is called FCR or fire-cracked rock, which is rock that has come into contact with fire and has burst. I had not yet seen FCR in my previous unit, so I asked questions and learned that sometimes in FCR you can see red, which is the iron that was heated up by the fire. I also learned how to distinguish it from normal rocks by its form. I thought it was great, but fire-cracked rock is not culturally dignostic, so if we would have found it out of context, it would have been almost useless. We also found a lot of quartz flakes. Fire-cracked rocks, regular rocks , and flakes was pretty much the extent of what we found.
One of the good things about me being moved to Unit 9 is that is let me get my hands more deep in the paper work, and organization. Which previously I had done little of.
The only other real eventful thing that happened that day was that we all saw a big black snake . This reminded us that we are not alone in the woods, and that this is in fact home to many things besides artifacts.