The Foster and Lamm families joined us for Family Excavation Day this past Saturday. The Lamms worked in SQ 1064 and SQ 1065 while the Fosters worked in SQ 1066 and SQ 1067. We had wonderful weather, and were able to stay in the field until the afternoon.
All of the units we worked in were recently opened, and we’re excited to see what we can learn from them. While working in SQ 1064, the Lamm family uncovered the uppermost deposits of what we believe is a historic feature running along the western boundary of our current excavation area. Our families also got to see other features just south of SQ1064, as well as the stratigraphic profile of our deeper excavation units. Both families learned the methods that archeologists use to piece plot, map, and document excavations.
After we packed up our equipment and checked our inventory for the day, we washed artifacts at the Ada L. Rice Classroom. One of our students recovered a bone while working in SQ 1065, and Dr. Carol Colaninno (a trained zooarchaeologist) used our comparative collection to identify the bone to the distal right tibia of a rabbit.
We hope that both families learned the methods of archeological fieldwork and gained a greater appreciation of past cultures of the Lower Illinois River Valley. Another Family Excavation Day is coming up on Saturday, July 26, along with our Family Dig It Weekend on August 16-17! Spaces are still available!