I was thrilled to get back into the backcountry this summer with a crack team of three MA students from the University of Wyoming. We also brought with us what we frequently referred to as our "fifth crew member": a ground penetrating radar unit rented from UW's Geology Department.
Whenever one of my crew says something like, "Oh wow, this is weird. Wait... What...? Bree, can you come take a look at this?", I know something cool is about to happen.
That's almost exactly what happened this summer on a rainy day at Quartz Lake. I was writing notes about our two 1 x 2 m targeted test excavations when Molly called me over to the screen to take a look at something "weird". As a very experienced field and lab archaeologist, I knew she must have found something either very bad, like a piece of historic trash in what we thought was an undisturbed pre-contact cultural context, or something really neat.
Here's what was in Molly's hand:
Bree is an Alaskan Archaeologist and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming.