Julie Esdale and the team at CEMML facilitated my second trip to the amazing site of Delta Creek this summer. Last year, we had to hike for nearly two hours a day to get from our camp on an airstrip to the site on a nearby bluff. This year, with the help of helicopters, we were able to camp less than 100m from the bluff's edge making our commute much shorter (though less of a fun fitness challenge).
The extra two hours we had every day were put to good use expanding last year's units and breaking new ground at the site, which has deposits over 2m (6+ feet) deep. We found more stone tools and tons more production debris, along with more bone from the deepest levels of the site. We're excited to send off more radiocarbon in the coming weeks to securely date this deepest layer!
One of the best parts of this project was the crew. I've been working with the CEMMListas for the last five years and they are a crack team of young, passionate professionals. The attention to detail, experience, and pure skill of this crew definitely led to our success in this brief field stint.
Bree is an Alaskan Anthropologist pursuing her PhD at the University of Michigan.