perjantai 28. toukokuuta 2010
"It's like we were never here...sort of"
The final day has come and gone with no further discoveries to speak of. The units that once fell a meter deep have become whole again. The red flags indicating the potential importance of certain areas have been plucked from their positions. And the rumbling of the 8 a.m. van, filled with excavation rookies for the most part, has tallied its last kilometer.
Final touches were made on some of the units as profiles were reviewed and corrected appropriately.While a press event was held at the local Kerikki museum, where we were invited to give a brief summary about our work throughout our excavation period. At the lone bone unit, small fragments of bone continue to show up; whether they are from an animal or human, it is still unknown.
It was a fascinating three week experience, one that, I'm sure all will agree, would not have been traded for anything. The lessons we learned and the time spent with new friends cannot be replaced. From a cultural aspect, we learned a lot about life outside of the U.S. while in a archaeological sense we learned the importance of teamwork and order. We learned how a single miscalculation, whether its mapping a unit or surveying a site, can disrupt the timetable of a work schedule. But lastly, and arguably most important, we learned that archaeology is a job but one with a field of history; deeply rooted within the soils and sands of the past. Farewell team, this excavation will forever belong to us.