Last week, another archaeological excavation season began at George Washington’s Ferry Farm. Here are some scenes from the first week of digging.
Orientation for the dig staff.
Laura Galke, dig site director, explains how to properly complete a context register form, which helps track where an artifact was found.
Moving equipment to the dig site.
Dry screens ready for use.
Munsell books, pens, sharpies, scissors, chaining pins, plumb bobs, line levels, trowels, string and duct tape AKA archaeology supplies!
All the wheelbarrows!
Gathering shovels. Shovels are important.
Did we mention shovels are important?
The dig site is waiting.
Dig, dig, dig.
Rooting out the artifacts
Scraping dirt into a dust pan to be screened.
Brooms and buckets.
Documenting the work is crucial to excavating properly.
On weekdays, see Ferry Farm’s archaeologists working at the excavation site from now through late-June or, if you can’t visit before June, spend a day on the dig site by watching the video below.
Learn more about Ferry Farm archaeology here.