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14 September 2010 Denver third and fourth graders video skype with doctor of archaeology in Alaska
The students are especially excited about their archaeology excavation behind our school, Foothills Academy in Wheat Ridge. So far they have found a pair of glasses, bits of old bottles and pottery,…
3 September 2010 Students start their excavation
During our tour through 45-million years of Jurassic and Cretaceous Colorado history, we spotted this lumbering stegosaurus! The kids piled out to meet a bronze friend at the Dinosaur Ridge visitors…
6 August 2010 Home, Sweet Home!
Ahhhhh! I'm home and well-rested after the long journey from Alaska. I'm typing in the kitchen while little baby Holt plays with a rattle in the next room. I just finished a bowl of cereal with fresh…
2 August 2010 Killing Time in Kotzebue
Here I am preparing for the radio interview on KOTZ 720 a.m. this morning. Right before my interview, the DJ read the Mini Tundra Telegraph which is local news updates for the 11 nearby Inupiat…
1 August 2010 They Found a New Fluted Point!
Great news from the dig site: They have found another fluted point base! This is not the point the team recently found - it's a bifacial tool which was found at the site in previous years. I don't…
31 July 2010 Rest and Recuperation in Kotzebue
I had plenty of down time today in Kotzebue, where I am resting and preparing for my radio interview. After getting up with the team at 7 a.m. each day for the last two weeks and then working hard…
30 July 2010 Great Flight Out
Just when I sat down in one of the big yellow tents to download some photos, the pilot Stan camp opened the door to reveal bright sunlight burning through the fog. We could fly! Our expedition…
30 July 2010 Flight Delay due to Fog
We were fogged in this morning so we couldn't fly. I had scrambled to pack my bags, tear down the wet tent, roll up the sleeping pad (I was sad to see my platform of comfort go), and then the bags…
29 July 2010 Last Day!
Here is a picture of our team lined up for a photo on my last night. Pictured from back row, left, are: Courtney (cook), Stan (pilot), Stephan (German archaeology student), Bill Hedman (expedition…
28 July 2010 I Found an Artifact!
This is an example of a microblade - a tiny flint knapped stone tool. I was excited to find two of these today in my corner of our excavation 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska. I…
27 July 2010 New Team Members
This is the nice bifacial tool or point Dr. Jeff Rasic found today. Ines from Germany found another which had lost its tip. We found some beautiful artifacts today. There were five of us digging…
26 July 2010 Finding Ancient Tools and Climbing
Check out the amazing view from high in the peaks above our remote camp. In the valley below, follow the river a way and then there are two small humps on the right side of the river. Those are Raven…