Josh Uecker  Field Notebook Entry  6/25/2013

Covered in muddy filth, trowels dulled from digging rock, in the sideways blowing rain was how our group emerged from today’s practicum of setting up test units and archaeological excavation.

At an undisclosed location, our group was lucky enough to be able to set up test excavation units and get our hands dirty excavating a real archaeological site. More each and every day our class learns that becoming an archaeologist also infers that you additionally become a mathematician (finding the “hypotenuse” of a test unit), cartographer (mapping site locations/ALWAYS knowing which way is north) architect (planning/drawing everything), geologist (dark rock or burned charcoal?), botanist (identifying poison oak), spider exterminator (they are everywhere), and European (Metric is easier, its all in 10s).

It’s all of these additional interdisciplinary aspects and sometimes variable conditions which archaeology incorporates to make it a truly unique and encompassing field of study.