Getting Your Archaeological Feet Wet

Day #2 at CCAP began with the same sense of camaraderie as Day #1 as we continued the process of clearing out topsoil, clipping roots, hauling soil and stone, and yes, working on walls. Each conversation with the team was informative, as we discussed the upcoming step of closing out the “lot” we’d started and opening the next one of the unit – basically as we approached the change-over of levels for the precise documentation required at an archaeological dig.

We were quite close to that point when we stopped work for lunch, returning with high energy to move on to the next stage. But it’s green season in Belize, and Mother Nature had other plans for the day.

The drops began softly, giving us enough time to cover our new unit with a fresh tarp. But within moments the heavens opened up. The tarp “roofing” over the major excavation areas were holding, but water began pooling on the sides of the slope due to run-off, so it was “all hands on deck”, so to speak, to move earth and stones to create berms to protect the delicate work below.

Once we stabilized the first location we moved en masse to the upper plaza, which had actually started flooding. After building up the berms we bailed out the excavation site, making a human chain with the buckets. It was muddy business but cheerfully done with a great sense of collaboration. Once the job was complete we took at moment to sing Happy Birthday to a member of the team.

Brett came up just in time to document the impact on our wardrobes.

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