Monthly Archives: June 2010

Carmel Church wrap-up

We finished up our second Carmel Church excavation of 2010 on Sunday, with the completion of our last two jackets, shown above just before they were flipped. These were our fourth and fifth jackets of the trip. We unloaded them … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 13

I was hoping that we would be finishing up today, but it just wasn’t to be. We successfully completed two more jackets (2010-04 and 05), but we were unable to complete the next two jackets because of all the bone … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 12

We’re approaching the end of our excavation, and we’re mostly making plaster jackets now. Besides making the bottom of our first jacket from a few days ago, we also made top jackets for two new ones. Here’s jacket 2010-04 just … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 11

We spent a scorching day working on trenches for the four jackets we’re hoping to remove by this Saturday. As usual, this produced a wealth of teeth and small bones that had to be removed and bagged (and, in some … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 10

We’re starting to get a good idea now of where the excavation is going the rest of the week. We’re going to try to get a total of five jackets out. After successfully flipping the first jacket this morning, we … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 9

We finally reached the point where we could make our first jacket today (jacket number 2010-03). In the photo above, it’s finally trenched and undercut, and ready for plaster.

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Carmel Church Day 8

We had 14 people digging this morning, the largest single group I’ve ever had working at the quarry. We had students and/or faculty from Lynchburg College, Roanoke College, Earlham College, and two different high schools among the group.

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