Sturm und Drang: An Exciting End to Day 3 of the Ferry Farm field school

by Bernard K. Means, VCU professor

Ashley and Allen excavating a unit.

Ashley and Allen excavating a unit.

I arrived on site in the early afternoon, having just returned from Somerset County, Pennsylvania, where I had given a lecture the night before on the Monongahela at the Somerset Historical Center–in an instance of foreshadowing, I should note that the lecture was interrupted by violent winds and heavy rain pelting the roof, as well as the occasional power outages. After checking in with site director Laura Galke and assistant field director Eric Larsen (and distributing sorbet bars to the crew on the hot and humid afternoon), I spoke with Ashley McCuistion and Allen Huber, who together are helping supervise the VCU field school students, and excavating their own unit as time allows. All the students are making great progress and I went to the three teams to look at their work.

Linda and Aaron excavating their unit.

Bridget and Aaron excavating their unit.

Lauren and Mariana excavated their unit.

Lauren and Mariana excavating their unit.

Stephanie and Ruth excavating their unit.

Stephanie and Ruth excavating their unit.

Francesca, Olivia, and Vivian excavating their unit.

Francesca, Olivia, and Vivian excavating their unit.

The day came to a quick and abrupt end.

Laura Galke watches as storm clouds roll into the area.

Laura Galke watches as storm clouds roll into the area.

Luckily, the field school students and interns worked with Laura and Eric to quickly cover the site and protect it from the heavy rains and strong winds–which I brought from southwestern Pennsylvania. Ashley, Allen, and I returned to the site after the heavy rains ended, and the site looked ready for the next day of excavations!

Sturm und Drang at Ferry Farm.

Sturm und Drang at Ferry Farm.

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