Today was another busy (but good) day at the site. We had two sets of visitors today. The first group was Mary, Kate, Joseph, and Wind, our neighbors in the Cliff Valley. The second group was Dr. Gilman’s survey crew from the University of Oklahoma. Both groups came at the right time, as we are starting to figure out what we have found at the site this year.
Natalie and Erin continued to excavate and define the architecture in Unit 18 today. The stark differences between the north and south sides of the wall continued. The fill on the south side (where Erin is working) consists almost entirely of cobbles, with a little bit of dirt and artifacts mixed in. On the north, Natalie has only a few cobbles, with a lot of artifacts. Towards the end of the day, the fill on the north began to change. Clumps of burned adobe in the fill increased, along with charcoal. This is reminiscent of the fill just above the burned beams that we found in Unit 5. If we are just above burned rooffall, we should be able to define it within the next two days. This rooffall should be associated with the second pithouse in the unit, the later pithouse we defined yesterday.
The crews working in the great kiva continued to make progress towards revealing the surface and hopefully exposing the southern wall. Delton and Lori resumed their work in Unit 19, and are just above the surface we found in the great kiva in Units 12 and 15. They should be able to expose the surface tomorrow. Lindsay and Megan also were able to excavate 3 levels in Unit 20 today. They have begun to find wall fall in the southern portion of the unit; this wall fall likely is sloping towards the north, based on the topography of the great kiva.
Karol joined us at the site again today, and was able to take archaeomagnetic samples from the hearth in the adobe room. I am very optimistic that we will get dates from the samples that Karol took!
Tomorrow we will only be working until lunchtime. In the afternoon we are travelling to Las Cruces to visit the Canada Alamosa artifacts on display. So, there may or may not be a blog post tomorrow, depending on what we accomplish in the morning, and when we get back.