Last night we had an orientation to Crow Canyon and today we had a crash course in the history of the Pueblo people, recognizing artifacts such as bird and animal bones, different kinds of pottery, rocks of different uses, and tools. We also had a field tour of several excavations on the Dillard property in Indian Camp Ranch. We were shown excavation techniques and everyone was assigned (or volunteered for) a site for tomorrow. While we’re here, we each get to do a half day of resistance sensing. That will be how I start tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to learning to use the equipment. Then after lunch, I will be digging in the great kiva. Wednesday is our lab day when we help to clear up a back log of artifacts that have been previously found.
We’re starting to get to know each other. We have an interesting mix of people with a wide range of backgrounds. Only 3 of us are on our first dig; everyone else has been on many digs, some more than 20. So I’m really a novice. One experienced “digger” said he liked getting in the sandbox and I thought, “There you go! Everything you need to learn about life you do learn in kindergarten!”
Sidebar: I drove just over 4000 kilometres to get here!