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 [...]
These days are tooooo hot! I have never lived or worked in a place this hot!!!!
Well, let me tell you about today’s field work.
Today we continued digging in our unit, Sq 618. We are continuing to focus on a feature within Sq 618 that was started last year. This feature is F 383. [...]
Today (Monday) is the sixth day of excavation. Due to the sunny and extremely hot weather, we needed to make sure that we drank enough water for working in a hot environment to prevent dehydration. Kallie and I continued to dig the remaining matrix area of our feature. Then Jason took photos of the bisect profile of [...]
The first day we started digging was one of the worst and best days of field school for me and my dig partner Chris.
Our square is Sq 616 and we are going to be digging up the artifacts in the unexcavated part of the unit. In the summer of 2011, the field students, [...]
The 2012 field season marks the start of my third summer here in the lower Illinois River valley. As a native of Illinois, returning to Kampsville every year feels very natural. I grew up in a small town called Ottawa, which is situated along the northern extent of the Illinois River. While Ottawa is [...]
This is the fourth day of excavations. My unit is a 2m×2m square which contains two features. There are so many artifacts in the middle one. Most of them are lithics, though some bones and pottery sherds are also present. From the tempers, surface treatment and decoration of the pottery sherds, I think the feature [...]