Today was our final day with any significant digging. After Brett and Tim left yesterday*, there were only four of us left to dig, but we still managed to get two top jackets finished before lunch. Above, Laura is doing the undercut for our first jacket (which has the field number CCQ-2011-01) while Joe and Jordan try to complete the trench on the second jacket. Here’s a closeup of the second jacket, with a couple of vertebrae visible:
Tomorrow I have to return to the site to do some final cleanup and to load some of the jackets, but all the digging is finished. All in all this has been a quite successful excavation. Even though we didn’t get any substantial whale material (10 vertebra and several ribs isn’t much for Carmel Church), we recovered a lot of good fish material and, of course, a rare land mammal.
*Brett and Tim would have normally been here through the end of the excavation, but they had to drive to Lexington so Tim could compete in the Virginia Classic Llama and Alpaca Show. I had hoped to go to the show but there was no way to complete the excavation in time. While we were plastering the last two jackets Brett sent a text to let me know that Tim was named Grand Champion in the Alpaca Intermediate Division. Congratulations Tim!