On Day 2 of our class it was raining lightly and a bit hard off and on for the beginning and the ending of the class period while on the site near Broad River in Fairfield County. The ground was quite muddy in some areas due to the rain that day.
So far we have been doing well at picking up where work was accomplished last time the site was visited and from the year 2018 and yet we manage to work in such overcast weather aside from the rain along with our friends from the Heritage Trust Program of South Carolina’s DNR.
During the duration of the day we were able to find a few artifacts while screening slumped dirt from the wall. Before I worked on screening, I was assisting in adding in a new unit to the block by assisting one of my classmates by holding the end of the measuring tape at the center of a nail when creating the new 2 by 2 unit (Unit 15), and the measurements that we got while doing it were about 2 meters on the side and also a hypotenuse around 2.828 meters or 282.8 in centimeters.
Later, however, one of the supportive wood wall frames that protected the wall from being exposed to rain broke and caused a minor landslide when being removed in the process due to rotting wood. Luckily there was no severe damage that would affect our progress and we were still able to find a decent amount of artifacts from that such as certain rocks and small bits of pottery that were found while screening the dirt which had slumped. Part of a pipe was also found while screening as well, and eventually they’ll probably be examined back in lab on campus when the professor has the time to do so.
From what I know about the site is that Broad River once flowed on the side of site where we are digging and eventually it dried up and left some sediment behind as the river moved towards the opposite side of the dig site. To me so far, work has been going well on the site and I hope I’ll learn more and that we’ll discover new artifacts during the duration of this semester, and I also hope I’ll make new friends while on the job.