Today was our first work day. I began at a second site where no work has been done but we were going to take sensor readings using an electric resistor device. Amanda was in charge and 3 of us volunteers worked with her for the morning. We had to tie tape measures across the north and south ends of one of the grids to be surveyed and then use marked tape measures at meter intervals to mark the east/west lines. We had four measures so we had to move them after we used them. Two people walked the machine down each line; one inserted the 2 points of the machine into the ground and read out the readings while the other moved the electric cord along so it wouldn’t get one of the metal points through it.
As you can see, sometimes the flora can get in the way.
With the corners of the grid 20 meters apart, we managed to get 10 lines recorded or half the grid. By then, it was almost lunch. We left our last 4 lines set up so the incoming crew could see how the set-up worked and we headed back to the Dillard property for our picnic style lunch in a nice shady tent. Everyone is spread out on different sites at Dillard so everyone was asking how the morning went and what had been found. By one o’clock, we were ready to get back to work and I headed for the great kiva which is being one-quarter excavated.
I worked in the northwest corner of the kiva where a bulge about 10 cm had been left by some previous digger and there was a large stone which needed to be exposed before it could be removed. It was almost ready by the end of my session today. It was pretty hot worked although there was a nice breeze.
Tonight we have another important lecture and tomorrow is a lab day. From Ms. M. on the road in Crow Canyon, Colorado.