i will survive

thanks so much for all the well wishes. the first day is always the worst. im beat today... so tired and sore. archaeology is hard work! i mean, i dug all this just today...

ha, just kidding! thats what i call a stupid archaeology joke. what i did do today was dig the unit (that scrapped looking square) that i am measuring in the picture. and the one directly west of it. and only ten centimeters deep in each one. it is a very tedious job, with lots of paper work. and its hot, sweaty and dirty, not in a good way either. we are working on a prehistoric village site that dates to 500 - 900 AD. middle woodland period for all you nerds out there. its a pretty cool site, the block that i am working in has three or four fire hearths, a bunch of post hole molds left from some sort of old structure, pottery, projectile points and all kinds of things that would probably bore most people to tears. so my back is killing me, and my hands are sore, but not as bad as i thought they would be. i must be tougher than i think. i have decided that i really need to buy some crocs. that way i could leave them in the truck and then take my boots off on the drive back to the cabins. thats the worst part. i can wear shorts and tank tops when it gets hot, but i always have to wear big old hiking boots and thick socks, and by the end of the day my feet are just burning up. taking of those boots feels like heaven....

did not get to the embroidery last night, flipped through a fresh issue of glamour instead. very important reading. i also realized that when i am not cooking for my family, i eat very random things. for instance, last night was a hot dog, humus and carrots and yogurt with black berries for dessert. i think this is mostly a factor of tiredness and convenience. kat asked why i have to be gone for ten days, and the answer is when we do field work, it isnt cost/time effective to come down on a monday, work T, W, TR and leave again friday. nothing would ever get done. so we work ten days straight, then go home and are off for four days, then back at it for another ten. its good and bad. it is nice having a four day break, but it can get pretty tedious when there is a lot of work to do. luckily we are wrapping up and only have three ten days scheduled, so i should be finished by the end of may. last time i worked from april to august on the same schedule, and let me tell you, those four days just wiz by. luckily david is coming to visit this weekend with the kids, so i breaks up the ten days perfectly, and eliot loves to hang out on site getting dirty and playing in the water screen. stay tuned for more adventures in archaeology!


Anonymous myra said...

That is so cool!! Can you post pictures of some of the things you unearth? How did they discover the site? It's so fascinating!

I'm not a big fan of field work either and try to avoid it as much as possible. Take it easy and don't forget to soak your feet!

7:11 PM  
Blogger dopeattic said...

how fascinating. i cannot imagine having such work infront of me everyday. i am sure it becomes monotonous both mentally and physically. you must be somewhat of a perfectionist. i am so glad that your family will beable to visit you. that must make it all seem worth while.

8:02 AM  
Anonymous kelly said...

That looks so familiar! I did an undergrad dig outside Hopewell, VA with James Deetz (R.I.P.) - a great professor! We were at a site that turned out at the time to be the earliest slavery site - colono ware galore! My exciting day was when I was trowelling and found an old spoon and then later unearthed a Native American burial! I know how fun it can be when you come up with something (anything) other than dirt!

8:54 AM  
Anonymous kristen said...

i highly recommend crocs! i think every middle-aged woman in america owns a pair now, which probably means they are not "cool" anymore, but they are comfortable and convenient!

8:56 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

Oh I didn't know you were having such interesting job!

12:05 PM  

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