Day 8:  The (Light) Heart of Darkness

We are so happy with and proud of our volunteers that keep things light-hearted and fun even on Day 8! It was another chilly day up on the hill. Any colder and some parkas may get pulled out tomorrow, but not surprisingly shorts were worn again today by the heartier of us (definitely not me).  We had a little drizzle but not much rain and everyone was still working in good spirits.

Some trenches are winding down with excavations finished, sections drawn, and samples extracted, but some are expanding and one is just getting started. Trench B has seen its heyday and work there seems to be complete (It was fun Trench B, but the party is over). After samples were taken in Trench A, it has been eagerly expanded to the east. Trench C has continued straight down, but at a smaller scale.  Trench D was partially back filled at its deepest end only to be expanded west by one meter. The expansion will hopefully give us more information on the interesting feature found yesterday. Leave it to the crew led by Leanne to find a possible medieval ceramic handle under the first layer exposed in that single square meter! That trench keeps providing us with useful information.


Trench E was newly opened yesterday over magnetic anomalies from the geophysics survey. As the day progressed the trench got deeper, weirder, and seemingly darker. The soil is dark, the rocks are dark, the soil below the soil is dark, and the visibility below the tree canopy is very dark. With the help of Michael’s camera light, excavations continued without fumbling around too much in the dark. Mary is currently leading a crew in trying to figure out how to make the weirdness and the darkness make sense. Perhaps discoveries tomorrow will shed some light on the Trench E weirdness.


Leif was happy to give another tour to the public today despite the drizzle just after lunch. It looked like those on the tour were happy to have a tour in such conditions. The mapping of the site is nearing completion as Trench D and E were finally measured in spatially. Michael seems to have made 35 trips up, over and around the hill for photography, coring, and back filling, while Dave had made equally as many for collecting soil samples and carefully managing each excavation. My woolen hat goes off to all of the team and all of the volunteers that keep on trucking.


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