Students are using the distance measuring and compass orienteering methods to generate a sketch map of the parking lot north of Sabin Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Field school students conducting Phase I pedestrian/walkover survey of an agricultural field on Wisconsin DNR property near Eagle, WI.
Field school student Zachary Wetter getting a compass bearing to measure the distance to the field edge of an identified archaeological site (red pin flags mark the site) in a field on DNR property near Eagle, WI.
Field school students Sicily LaLicata and Zachary Wetter excavate a shovel test probe in the Pike Lake Unit-Kettle Moraine State Forest picnic area.
Field school student Emily Hanson is using a Munsell Soil Color Chart to determine the color of a soil horizon in a shovel test probe.
Field school group photo at the Lizard Mound County Park, Washington County, Wisconsin.
Schematic of the excavation block with 2 m x 2 m square excavation units. Excavations in the units filled with black were started this week and will continue into next week.
Students and staff working in the excavation area at the Koshkonong Creek Village site.
Field School students Carly Rusch, Erica Phillips, and Emily Hanson are conducting excavations with shovels and trowels within the excavation units.
Field school student Arik Scapellato using his trowel to clean surface of his unit floor to expose the edge of a large pit feature.
. Field school students excavating the units and sifting the excavated dirt through ¼” inch mesh screen looking for artifacts.
Broken triangular projectile point recovered from the screened dirt from Excavation Unit #1.
View of Koshkonong Creek from the edge of the roughly 8 meter-high bluff.
Brian Nicholls instructing the field school students on the use of the Total Data Station (TDS) to use for mapping an archaeological site.
Allison Leyer is looking through the TDS to sight in on the prism rod to collected distance and elevation data.
Justin Gleesing is holding the prism rod on the NW corner of an excavation unit while another student is operating the TDS.
Erica Phillips is recording information about the excavation unit and features in her paperwork in the excavation area at the Koshkonong Creek Village site. A large pit feature is present in the lower right corner of the unit, along with several post molds.
Megan Kriefall and Arik Scapellato are using a 1m x 1m mapping grid to draw the large pit feature on graph pater in their excavation unit.
A large shell tempered decorated pottery sherd has two horizontal trailed lines and three angled lines underneath. Shell tempered pottery (temper means that crushed shell was mixed with clay during the pottery production) and the trailed line decoration are indicative of people that archaeologist refer to as Oneota in Wisconsin. Oneota in the Lake Koshkonong area dates from A.D. 1050-1400.
Field school students are working on excavating remaining sections of the 16 meters by 4.5 meters block through the plowzone to the B horizon to expose pit and post hole features at the Koshkonong Creek Village site.
Field school students working on cleaning the floor of the block to expose pit and post hole features. Pit features are the larger dark circular stains that were used for food storage and processing, and then used to dispose refuse. Smaller dark circular stains are where wooden posts were put in the ground, most likely for habitation structures.
A broken pottery sherd has been modified into a spindle whorl. The sherd has been rounded and smoothed along the edges, then perforated in the middle. Spindle whorls were used to twist plant fibers into thread for netting and clothing.
Field school student group photo at Aztalan State Park in Jefferson County, Wisconsin.