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Thursday 15 July 2010 We all awoke around 5:30 to a beautiful grey morning that turned into a stunning pink sunrise. We just lay there and talked and looked up at the skies, then dragged ourselves to our last breakfast, took our time, took down the tents, and finally had... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at TCAP Artifact
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Wednesday 14 July 2010 This is the end. Our very last day, although it still feels like tomorrow is an eternity away. Today we cleaned all morning long – every last bit of equipment and the van. I have a new appreciation for the many wonders of WD40. After lunch... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at TCAP Artifact
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Tuesday 13 July 2010 I was one of the last Archaeologists troweling today, so to speak. Only a few of us were left on the site, closing out the two final units. As we drove out to the site we, the few survivors, played “We Are the Champions” as we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at TCAP Artifact
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Sunday 11 July 2010 I was awake by 5:30 this morning (I’ve only just remembered, which would perhaps explain my current overwhelming fatigue at 8:30 pm). The kitchen staff did made-to-order breakfast burritos, which was very kind. We gathered our pots, which had been fired in a kiln the night... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at TCAP Artifact
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Saturday 10 July 2010 In the morning we had Mercyhurst and then the Vigil family tour our site. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at TCAP Artifact
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Monday 5 July 2010 Today I was put in the Acequia– a long, very narrow trench over the acequia, in full sun. I got dirtier than I ever have been here – positively covered head to toe and under my clothes in a tick layer of dirt. After we went... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at TCAP Artifact
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Saturday 3 July 2010 We spent today in the lab cleaning and cataloging artifacts and watching Indiana Jones. Last night the weather lived up to the drama “Monsoon season” evokes. It poured, positively beat itself over the tent, cold and loud as could be, with lightening illuminating the canvas walls... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at TCAP Artifact
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Sunday 27 June 2010 Sunday is not a day of rest for Archaeologists, and although today was immensely enjoyable, it was not restful. We had our usual six am wake up hour, breakfast, and in the car, off some long rout to Felipe Ortega, a world-renowned potter’s home. The house... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at TCAP Artifact
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Thursday 24 June 2010 Today was the feast day at San Juan Pueblo. We saw the Comanche Dance – a huge, fast, loud affair with pounding drums and stomping feet and everyone from small children to old men dancing, the women with circles painted on their cheeks, gently shaking arrows... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at TCAP Artifact
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Monday 21 June 2010 Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at TCAP Artifact
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Saturday 19 June 2010 Today a few of us were relieved of our digging duties and taken over to the Morada, which is beautifully situated down in the valley, surrounded by mountains of the Taos Pueblo reservation. On top of the Outhouse The Morada, meeting house of the Hermanos, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at TCAP Artifact
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Thursday 17 June 2010 Today I worked on site with Tom Windes, this dendocrinologist. He’s this wonderful tall man with a gray mustache, always in a vest with a million pockets filled with all manner of things and a little archaeologist’s hat on his head - an absolute character. So... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at TCAP Artifact
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Wednesday 16 June 2010 It’s been a long day – two hour drive to Bandelier, five hours there hiking and climbing up to the cliff dwellings and the high kiva - very majestic, strangely artistic. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at TCAP Artifact
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Tuesday 15 June 2010 Today we got to clean the inside of the church – polishing brass, dusting vigas (with a very long pole) – indeed we dusted everything including the saints. There was a palpable reverence, for the art and age of the place. In the afternoon Father Francis... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2011 at TCAP Artifact
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Wednesday 9 June 2010 We spent today doing further cleaning and prepping of the ruins, they believe built around 1700 and abandoned in the 1960s, now collapsed and crumbling. We photographed it and cleaned it. We are truly blessed to be able to excavate this site, in such a prominent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2010 at TCAP Artifact
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Thursday 8 June 2010 Today we had the opportunity of helping with the Enjarra – the annual re-plastering of the church that has been a tradition at St Francis de Asis since the 1980s when the church was structurally compromised by mixing the adobe with concrete, thus resulting in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2010 at TCAP Artifact
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Monday 7 June 2010 I worked more today than I ever have in my life. 6 am wake up and quick breakfast, then off to the St Francis de Asis Plaza where, behind the ruins to the right of plaza, there was a large plot of land full of weeds... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2010 at TCAP Artifact
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Sunday 6 June 2010 Monsoon season here we come… After our warmest night yet, we all slept in until the late hour of 8 am (it was too hot to sleep after that) and took a trip up to Taos Pueblo. The Pueblo itself is incredible – rooms piled several... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at TCAP Artifact
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Saturday 5 June 2010 Woke up to the most lovely morning and the most aggravating bird chirp. Since then we’ve had lectures (relaxing) and soil sifting demonstrations (dirty). We are all cultivating our incredibly attractive archaeologist’s tans. For the girls, makeup has gone down to sunscreen and lip balm with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2010 at TCAP Artifact
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Friday 4 June 2010 “In wildness is the preservation of the world.” Henry David Thoreau Our first night in the tents was cool and restless. The mornings here are beautiful – cold and silver, then golden sunlight falls over the hills and pours down the streams and into the valleys... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at TCAP Artifact
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Thursday 3 June 2010 My first impression of Fort Burgwin was more than favorable – flowing mountain streams, lush greenery, high pines, fresh mountain air, dappled sunlight. Tent City consists of about thirty tents beside a huge old pine tree, and Pot Creek flows behind it. When I arrived the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2010 at TCAP Artifact
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Going to SMU-in-Taos to take part in the Archaeology field school was a rather impulsive decision on my part, never having had much affinity with either nature or archaeology, and I arrived with very few pre-conceived notions of what it would be like. In fact the extent of what anyone... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2010 at TCAP Artifact
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