The last week of our field season is filled with the discovery of burials (4 so far, and a possible fifth). Since we only have a few days remaining in the season, the team decided to complete the open units and leave other possible burials intact for future surveys.
The frustratingly slow broadband connection in the field prevents us from updating this blog daily (and posting pictures). Since I am in the city for some logistical concerns, I will take this opportunity to upload FS in action pictures.
The first week went by quickly. The students learned the basics of archaeological field techniques, especially the principle of natural and arbitrary levels. They are also learning how to recognize features, stratigraphic profiles, and artifact processing (washing and accessioning).
Day 1 of the field school was spent learning about pedestrian survey, principles of mapping, and establishing grids. We are continuing the work of the USC-NM group that excavated the area a month ago, thus, our job is easier since we now have an idea of stratigraphy.
Late in the morning, we opened up 4 units in and around the church property.