Who knew that fall in New England is the best time for archaeologists to be out in the field? For contract work, it’s typical that our phone starts to ring at the end of August, as folks realize that Labor Day and winter are coming on, and they need to have their projects completed before the ground freezes!
Mostly that means I get to do what I love most, which is to be out in the field in the glorious autumn. Last Friday, it was less than copacetic, after I spent a water-logged week in Downeast Maine. We came away with the discovery of a stone drain at the Castle Tucker House in Wiscasset and were able to reveal to the house owners why their drainage system had failed (poor design!). A day later, we were in Winterport, where local lore had us at the site of the widow of a sea captain, lost at sea. We set up pop-up shelters where an excavator, a screener, and a recorder could stay relatively dry. I have to say that I really really hate working in the rain, mainly because I can’t stand soggy and mucky paperwork.
This week was better — I was able to use rain days for labwork and manage to get outside during the gorgeous days. Now on to finishing up my paperwork and getting ready for the next job next week.