by Dr. Bernard K. Means, VCU/Virtual Curation Laboratory
Week 4 of the VCU field school was brutally hot and humid, but the George Washington Foundation archaeologists and interns, and, of course, the field school students themselves managed a full week of excavation, with most students well into their second units by the end of the week. Although, some students were working so hard, that it was necessary to cool them off.
Some of the students encountered 20th century utility trenches that cut through the layered antebellum, colonial, and American Indian deposits. Although not fun to excavate, the removal of these trenches did provide students with a view of their respective units’ stratigraphy.
Aaron and Bridget continue their quest for wig hair curlers, having found four this week alone.
Aaron also recovered a small quartz projectile point.
Others recovered wig hair curlers as well this week, bringing us to over a dozen for the last four weeks.
Other findings ranged from the mundane to the unique.
Of course, we also found numerous features, which required careful documentation.
Intern /Field Assistant Ashely was on hand to help students understand their sometimes complex stratigraphy.
We of course also went on an educational excursion to Washington, D.C. midweek.
Week 5 promises to be bittersweet. We start off with a field trip to Colonial Williamsburg, and then the VCU students will have only four official days of excavation left to them. But, they will leave with a solid grounding for their future careers as professional archaeologists. And, all of them will be taking classes from me in the Fall, or working in the Virtual Curation Laboratory.