This morning when I woke up the sky was dark and dreary, and the forecast did not look promising. We all made our way to the field anyway, hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, and sure enough as soon as we arrived it began to rain. Our field director, Laura, made the call to send the field students home for the morning just in case it got worse. I was disappointed, especially since we only have a few days left to dig and Jason and I are so close to finishing our unit. Some of the other students felt the same way, so we all asked if we could stay despite the weather, and Laura was kind enough to let us!
We all got to work as quickly as possible and Jason and I immediately started taking down our baulk. We first had to gather the context sheets from the previously excavated layers so that if we found any artifacts in the soil as we scraped it down they could be placed in bags with the context number that corresponds to that layer. Next, we had to look at the wall of the baulk and determine where each layer was so that we knew how far to go down before bagging the artifacts and officially closing the context. We had three layers in this unit- 20th century disturbance, plowzone, and sub-plowzone- so those were the layers that we needed to identify in the profile. Once we did, it was time to start taking it down. We got through the first layer and screened it without finding any artifacts, but before we could continue to the next, the weather got much worse and we had to close everything up and get the equipment put away. We were sent home for the rest of the day, as the rain did not let up until late in the afternoon.
I was sad that I did not get to spend the day digging, and that we did not get to close our unit! But we will certainly wrap it up on Wednesday and either start a new unit or help with someone else’s. Tomorrow we will be spending the day at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home near Alexandria, Virginia. I have never been there before, so I am very excited to see it! I think it will be amazing to see where Washington spent his adult life, especially since we have been working on the site where he spent his childhood. I think it will be a great experience, and I’ll be sure to write about it as soon as I return tomorrow evening!