Crow Canyon — Week 2

Returning from the dig about 4.30 p.m. today, I was what my mother would have called “a dirty looking ticket”.  With all the rain we had Sat. night and Sunday afternoon, the tarps over the excavations were weighted down with water.  The shallow ones were bailed by hand while a pump was used on the deeper sites.  We had just finished clearing the kiva of its water when one end of one of the pump hoses broke.  While someone fetched a new one, about 5 of us helped Emilio, Amanda, and Anna bail with a bucket brigade in order to ensure the water went far enough out of our work area.  When we were finished with that, we had the new part for the pump hose and were able to use it to clear the next site.

Rain wasn’t the only thing that happened over the weekend — there is snow on the mountain peaks that are over 7000 feet high.  It really makes the peaks stand out.
Snow on mountain peaks on left!

Snow on mountain peaks on left!

Our day was quite cool but also windy.  Remember those old cowboy movies where everyone was wearing a bandana?  There’s a reason for that.  This red dust can really blow around, especially when you’re at the sifter out in the open.  It wasn’t too bad working in the pit.  I may have found the first bones in the kiva.  Very tiny, what looked to me to be bird toenails, but other ideas are small rodent bones or broken rodent teeth.  They’re being sent to the lab for identification.
We’ve had two school groups join us this week on Crow Canyon campus.  They won’t be on the digs but they’re doing lab work and a simulated dig and they’re in the dining room with us.  The other retired school teacher and I keep exchanging glances that clearly say “Not me anymore!”

About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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