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17 August 2011 Out of the Xtratufs and Into My 'School' Clothes--Reflections on a Summer Well Spent
It's amazing what 48 hours of travel will do. Each leg of my trip involved larger aircraft and put me in more crowded and busy places. We left our camp at Raven Bluff around 11AM on August 8th. By…
8 August 2011 How Can It Be So Dark Outside?
When did it start getting dark at night? It didn't seem like we travelled all that far today, but apparently we have not only re-entered so-called civilization, we have re-entered a land of real…
7 August 2011 Whoa--There's a Honkin' Big Bone in Here
Just another rainy, windy, cold day in paradise here at Raven Bluff. The mosquitoes have, apparently, given up completely. Would I rather have sunshine and mosquitoes or cold, wind, and rain…
6 August 2011 Working the Night Shift
As I write this journal, the rest of the crew is up at the site working. It's almost 10pm, but they headed up after dinner. Why this frenzy of activity? Well, time is running out on our expedition…
5 August 2011 Archaeology is Like a Box of Chocolates
"Archaeology is like a box of chocolates", according to BLM archaeologist Bill Hedman. Today we went out sampling that box to see just what kinds of chocolates we had in our big backyard.…
4 August 2011 Extreme Archaeology - When is it Too Extreme?
Today was another day of extreme archaeology. While it started out significantly warmer than yesterday, it was also significantly wetter. It started raining in the middle of the night and was…
3 August 2011 Extreme Archaeology - When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Wear Layers!
Remember how I said many days ago that archaeology was not for sissies. I need to amend that statement just a bit to read Arctic archaeology is not for sissies. Today we entered the realm of…
2 August 2011 Special Delivery
So, there we were, working away as the temperature hovered around 40F, the wind blew, and a slight mist filled the air, when we heard the sound of a helicopter. Out here, where the sound of an…
1 August 2011 The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same
Today as we troweled and sifted our way through the layers of dirt, I asked the team to talk about what things have changed in the world of archaeology and what things have really not changed very…
31 July 2011 Not so Pointless After All
We have finally gotten to the point of all this digging in the dirt. Natasha unearthed a point last night during an after-dinner bit of excavation work and Joe found one this morning. Natasha's…
30 July 2011 So Sad, We Only Have Mild Salsa
Yes, it's true. Out here in the wilds of Alaska, we were forced to eat only mild salsa with our fajitas tonight. Somehow someone at Fred Meyers substituted mild for hot in the food order. Such a…
29 July 2011 What's the Point?
At the risk of using an archaeological pun, it's time to write a bit about what we're doing here. I mean really, what's the point of spending 8 or 9 hours a day carefully troweling down through…