This past Saturday, we welcomed participants to the CAA and TBGOK for Adult Excavation Day: a great day program for adults interested in further understanding archeology and learning about the past peoples of the Lower Illinois River Valley! Angela and Heather worked with Katie and Grace in SQ1058, excavating one of our deepest units and taking a flot sample. In SQ1058, we are currently in an archaic deposit that underlies a Middle Woodland midden deposition. Bob and Nancy worked with Carol in SQ1062, a unit located in the site’s macroblock that is currently in the dense Middle Woodland midden.

Angela and Heather screen their excavated soils with CAA WIA intern Grace.

Angela and Heather screen their excavated soils with CAA WIA intern Grace.

Duane and Mark worked with Alison and Jenna on SQ1064, a new unit strung up only days previously. Unfortunately, rain set in at noon, and we had to leave the site before lunch. In the afternoon, CAA staff and guest met at the Rice Classroom to wash the artifacts they had just recovered.

Mark and Duane wash artifacts they recovered during their excavations of SQ1064.

Mark and Duane wash artifacts they recovered during their excavations of SQ1064.

Our day programs are an excellent way for friends like Angela and Heather, fathers and sons like Duane and Mark, and brothers and sisters like Bob and Nancy to come together and explore new ways of understanding and drawing connections with people of the past. Members like Duane and Bob, and non-members alike are able to excavate an active archeological site and gain a greater understanding of archeology. This Saturday, we will be hosting our Family Excavation Day for adults and children to explore archeology. Spaces are still available: connect us today if you are interested in enrolling!

Director of Education, Dr. Carol Colaninno, explains the spatial layout of features encountered during the 2013 field season to our Adult Excavation Day participants.

Director of Education, Dr. Carol Colaninno, explains the spatial layout of features encountered during the 2013 field season to our Adult Excavation Day participants.

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