4 June 2018
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6 June 2018
Hello! My name is Hannah and I am a senior here at IU. I am majoring in anthropology and minoring in art history and archaeology and the Wylie House Bicentennial dig is my first time in the field! I was really excited to get started and so far it has been great.
The third day of the Wylie House field school is another beautiful day with clear, blue sky’s. The two units are coming along nicely: unit 1 is working hard at leveling their second level, and unit 2 finished the leveling of level one and did the plan map and Munsell Soil testing. The Munsell soil testing is done by comparing the soil of the unit to the color swatches provided in the Munsell Soil book. The book provides colors ranging from a reddish to a greenish soil color along with the more typical yellow, brown, and black ranges. Each page is labeled and a very common page for archaeological digs in the Midwest is ‘10YR’ which stands for yellow-red. Along with the color of the soil the texture of it is also tested. This is done by a touch test. The archaeologist feels a chunk of soil to determine if it has silt, sand, clay, or a combination in their unit. Unit 1 has a combination of silt and clay, and as unit 2 digs deeper their soil progresses into clay. The third day is winding to a close and a lot of hard work has been done, so feel free to stop by to see our progress!
7 June 2018
Hello everyone, my name’s Brenna and I’m a senior here at IU majoring in anthropology and minoring in art history and archaeology.
Today the weather is fantastic and we’ve made a lot of progress! We’re now digging down to the third level of our units and sifting through the soil for any artifacts that could be there. So far today we’ve found a part of a glass milk bottle, a few piecs of ceramic whiteware and transferware, and some small shards of glass, as well as a large section of what appears to be a brick. In the unit I’m helping excavate we’ve sectioned it off into three separate layers based on the stratigraphy of the soil so we can get a better understanding of what might be a feature and what might not. We’ve got layer one, which is our silty top layer with only a few artifacts being found there, then layer two is our darker soil, with the majority of our artifacts coming from this area, and then layer three is our sub soil, which indicates we’ve reached a section of soil that hasn’t been majorly disturbed and we can expect to find almost no artifacts there. This sub soil layer is very helpful in pinpointing where more features might be and allows us to better plan where else to dig. I’m sure as we go further we’ll find even more interesting artifacts, so make sure to drop by and see!