Seeing history come alive

Seeing history come alive

Archeological Field School It’s hard to believe we only have two or three more days of actual digging before we go home, and time definitely goes by much faster during this field school experience.

Yesterday (June 4), we were able to check out a really vast and impressive collection of Hopewell artifacts. The collector wished to remain anonymous, but he inherited all the materials from the former farm owner when he passed away in 2008.

During our viewing session, we learned about how a fair amount of farmers in the area have been picking up artifacts on the surfaces of their fields for quite some time.

This particular collection was very well labeled and included a lot of items we would be lucky to find (bladelets, loads and loads of flakes, copper, etc.).

In other non-pit news about 20 of us went out to eat at the Olive Garden to celebrate Summer birthdays. Dining out has never been so longed for.

Archeological Field School

BU anthropology students spent four weeks in Chilicothe, Ohio, excavating a Hopewell habitation site with hope of uncovering another living site of the Mound Builders from 2,000 years ago.

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Now for the good stuff

We began excavating our feature by opening up to ¼ windows just outside of the feature (Northeast and Southwest corners). The unique thing was our pit was filled with sand, gravel and river rocks, which I’m pretty sure has never occurred.

There are a couple theories floating around the camp as to why that is.

We have also been finding a ton of artifacts. We’ve come across bone (deer I believe), pottery pieces (including some rims, which are crafted in such a way that they are proven to be Hopewell), shells, flakes, and a lot charcoal.

Since we only have a few more days, we're really trying to hustle to finish up and with any bit of luck we should be able to do it. I really can’t explain the feeling one gets from handling artifacts that have not been held by human hands for thousands of years.

This really is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had!

    — Ian Gebhard and Tracy Byrne, senior anthropology majors