We’ve completed the final week of geophysical testing with our Arizona State University field crew. Based on the preliminary results of our magnetometry survey, our data are turning out to be really quite meaningful. In order to better understand the data in relation to the current landscape, Dr. McKinnon will be cleaning up the elevation [...]
For the past week, Dr. Duncan McKinnon from the University of Central Arkansas has been teaching the students about near-earth remote sensing techniques. Archaeologists across the globe use these techniques in order to gain a better understanding of the landscape or site without the inherent destruction of classic excavation methods, and to carefully target excavation [...]
Since we last posted, the students have been continuing their work on the Mound House excavations. Sq 620 and Sq 621 have both reached the base of the plow zone, which is the upper layer of soil that has been disturbed by historic agricultural development. Artifacts within the plow [...]
We have shovels in the dirt here at the Mound House site! After a day of field school orientation and lectures on the archaeology of the region, three new 1m x 2m excavation units (Sq 619, Sq 620, and Sq 621) were opened up just to the west of our 2011 and 2012 units. Using [...]
It’s orientation day for the 2013 Center for American Archeology and Arizona State University Kampsville Field School! Staff and students from both the Human Osteology and Field Archaeology programs had a chance to get to know each other as we spent the morning touring the [...]
Chris posted yesterday about our ongoing excavation of Feature 380. As she reported, we’ve recently discovered a dense concentration of faunal material in the feature’s fill. This post takes a step back and provides the excavation history of F 380/F 380ext.
Feature 380 (F 380) was first identified in 2011 [...]
Last week, Jason and I continued to excavate Feature 380ext. This is a very interesting feature because it contains a lot of Pike vessel sherds and animal bone. When Kallie and I started to dig it, we knew that there were a lot of deer bones in this pit. The actual amount of the bones, [...]
My name is Becky Song Hanyu, I am a junior archaeology major from Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China. I have been an exchange student in the University of Washington since last September and am currently participating in the field programs organized by the CAA in Kampsville, Illinois.
The field excavation and lab [...]
This thick Havana body sherd was found at the bottom of a postmold (PM 1056). The postmold was detected at the base of the midden, and extends ~40 cm below it. Havana is a typical Middle Woodland (ca 50 cal BC – cal AD 400) pottery.
Time flies when you’re excavating. Every day, work begins with putting up tarps or “sunscreens” above our units and it ends with tarps being taken down. Endless sweat and hard work result in numerous artifacts and nice features being excavated, which are the basis of archaeological research.
My partner, DeWitt, and I spent all [...]