It’s the morning of our staff party, and there is a hum of excitement in the office. It’s like being back in elementary school, on the last day of school before the Christmas break. Everyone is a bit giddy and running on the fumes of anticipation. Laughter in the background, baked cookies on the table, a box of Mayan chocolate to share. Trying to figure out how to wrap up some final reports while fun is in the air!
It’s the 2nd of December, and IAC is still out in the field. Temps are in the 40s, with bright sunshine and thin cirrus clouds. We have a spate of projects that take us from central New Hampshire to the Penobscot in Maine. Normally, November is a dull, gray month, but this year, it’s held steady with unseasonably warm temperatures. And lots of sunlight. Not enough hours of it, but when it’s daytime, the sunlight has been splendid.
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!