Day Thirty-Eight

The last day of the excavation season was a busy one.

The GIS team takes final photos of Grid 94

The GIS team takes final photos of Grid 94

Drawing sections in Grid 92

Drawing sections in Grid 92

Conservation in Grid 33 complete, volunteers head back to the pottery compound

Conservation in Grid 33 complete, volunteers head back to the pottery compound

Supervisors doing bookwork and inventory

Supervisors doing bookwork and inventory

Shut down of pottery compound begins

Shut down of pottery compound begins

The postseason begins tomorrow. While the remaining volunteers head home, staff will write their reports, do research, and complete end of season projects as we get ready to head into the offseason.

Day Thirty-Seven

Last night was our annual Finds Display as well as end of season lecture.

Grid 94 staff and volunteers examining artifacts at the Finds Display

Grid 94 staff and volunteers examining artifacts at the Finds Display

Juglet in the Finds Display

Juglet in the Finds Display

Staff examine artifacts at the Finds Display

Staff examine artifacts at the Finds Display

Today final photos were taken at Grids 23/24 and 33 and then conservation began. It was also the last tel tour of the season. Staff and volunteers had an opportunity to visit all four excavation areas and learn about the season in each.

Tel tour and final photos in Grid 33

Tel tour and final photos in Grid 33

Tel tour in Grid 92

Tel tour in Grid 92

Day Thirty-Six

Sweeping for final photos is underway in all grids.

Sweeping in Grid 23/24

Sweeping in Grid 23/24

Grids 23/24 and 33 have their final photos tomorrow. After photos are taken and blanket elevations done, it will be time for conservation. In Grid 23/24, conservation starts with the construction of a retaining wall (visible in the photograph above) to divert water. The next step is to geotech and sandbag the walls.

Sandbags in Grid 23/24

Sandbags in Grid 23/24

Grids 92 and 94 are sweeping tomorrow ahead of their final photos on Friday.

Sweeping in Grid 33

Sweeping in Grid 33

Day Thirty-Five

Grid 33 Upper had final photos on Sunday. Today, Grid 23/24 finished excavating and began cleaning the excavated squares for final photos. The first step in that process? Taking down the shade cloth, of course.

Rolling up the Grid 23/24 shade cloth

Rolling up the Grid 23/24 shade cloth

The shade cloth is taken to the pottery compound

The shade cloth is taken to the pottery compound

Grid 33 is next in line to wrap up followed by Grids 92 and 94 on Friday. Meanwhile, work continues.

Grid Supervisor Josh Walton holding a small juglet he found while excavating today

Grid Supervisor Josh Walton holding a small juglet he found while excavating today

Day Thirty-Four

The same wind that damaged the pottery compound shade cloth yesterday afternoon also damaged the Grid 23/24 shade cloth.

Staff and volunteers arriving at Grid 23/24 to find the shade cloth down

Staff and volunteers arriving at Grid 23/24 to find the shade cloth down

The first time wind carried off the Grid 23/24 shade cloth, it was found at the top of the tel caught in some trees. This time it didn’t get that far and with a little help from Grid 33, it was back up in no time.

Hanging a 30 x 15 meter shade cloth requires a lot of people

Hanging a 30 x 15 meter shade cloth requires a lot of people

Grid 33 helps Grid 23/24 hang their shade cloth

Grid 33 helps Grid 23/24 hang their shade cloth

We have three more days of digging before the last final photos are taken and the team is hard at work making sure everything is finished on time.

Talking about the dirt in Grid 94

Talking about the dirt in Grid 94

Our excavation conservator Angie cleans a metal object

Our excavation conservator Angie cleans a metal object