|View from the Amak Site|
|Sketching what we've found the end of the day|
|The rock pile in the center of our excavation|
|Jill excavating on a rainy morning|
|Bundled up on our first cold day|
|Patrick going over his notes with Christy, Tamara, and Leslie|
We have also completed excavating the house or living surface that we initially thought was built after 3800 years ago. Now we are not as certain that the 3800 year-old tephra is below the house. It might be on top of the house, meaning the house was already there when the tephra fell. I am very interested to see what the radiocarbon dates tell us. I am going to guess that the house is 4000 years old! We have found several ground slate points on the floor of the house, suggesting that this was a hunting camp. The artifact assemblage still appears to be very different from other sites of the same age (very little lithic debitage, no netsinkers, only one line weight, only one possible ulu, but many ground slate points). At this point, it appears that we are uncovering a whole new type of Ocean Bay II site - the short-term hunting camp!
I'm excited to see what we'll find in our last two weeks. Undoubtedly we'll find things that change our interpretations, as you've already seen with our house floor. But mostlyI can't wait to move those rocks and see what's in the bottom of that pit! Check out Patrick's blog for more on our excavation.