Research director Jason King laying out the strategy for the 2013 excavations at Mound House.

Research director Jason King laying out the strategy for the 2013 excavations at Mound House.

It’s orientation day for the 2013 Center for American Archeology and Arizona State University Kampsville Field School! Staff and students from both the Human Osteology and Field Archaeology programs had a chance to get to know each other as we spent the morning touring the town of Kampsville, the Center for American Archeology facilities and the Mound House site.

The field crew spent the afternoon in the field at Mound House planning excavations, which will begin tomorrow. This year, field students will excavate by day and use a geographic information system (GIS) in the evenings to integrate data from past and present investigations for analysis. Excavation and data management will not be the only archaeological skills they’ll learn: in two weeks, the field student will shift from excavation to geophysical survey to map subsurface features at Mound House and other important archaeological sites in the Lower Illinois Valley.

This evening we’re preparing our tools for our first full day of fieldwork and taking some time to become familiar with the different styles of pottery used by the prehistoric people of the Lower Illinois River Valley.

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