New Year's Dig By: Ashley Gamez

KHVAC Meeting...

Notes on Meeting...

Age Estimation...

Age estimation is the most difficult to tell. Medial view of the right pubis consistent with suchy-brooks stage 4, representing a mean age of 45 and a half.

  • Medial view of the right auricular surface consistent with a lovejoy et al. Stage 4-5
  • 90% of the world is right handed!
  • Antemortem conditions: back issues are a common condition within ancestors.

Demographics...

  • Juvenile bones appear to be very similar to animal bones.
  • Sex: baby bones are very hard to distinguish. Once a person goes through puberty it is more easy to designate which sex is which.
  • Men were taller than women by three to four inches.

Pathological conditions...

  • Nonspecific (when designating pathological conditions) basically undetermined.
  • Most common: degenerative joint disease.

Dental wear...

  • Cultural variety.
  • Antemortem tooth loss is also typical, and easily noticeable because of the healing process.

Artificial cranial (head) modification...

  • Equally divided within both men and women.
  • Starts around the time of birth.
  • Bilateral symmetry: found in the earlier time periods.
  • Antemortem trauma is easily noticeable, looking for patterns of violence.
  • Perimortem trauma: happened right before death (no signs of healing)

Grave Goods...

  • Adult burials~ fan also remains, un-worked shell, stone and pre-Colombian pottery goods.
  • Juvenile burials~ phyllite, serpentinite and quartz beads, phyllite pendant, quartz crystal, un-worked shell, stone and pre-Colombian pottery goods.

The Dig...

Photography by Gordon Davis

During this dig, we had a plethora of features. There was about seven or eight of them total! We mapped each of them out and bisected them to determine what could possibly be in them.

Artifact Bags...

From digging in a specified area called the "window" that we distinguished by the usage of string. We came across pieces of pottery; we then labeled all of the baggies according to where we found them, which would be in the window, and by their archeological names.

Feature Forms...

List of Participates...

Adults:

  1. Ryan
  2. Toniya Dunbar
  3. Toni Dunbar
  4. Jamal Dunbar
  5. Devin Graves
  6. Isa Wynn
  7. Dr. Bulter
  8. Gordon Davis

Students:

  1. Sam Cantine
  2. Siyona Cremeans
  3. Ashley Gamez
  4. Josue Perez
  5. Alexandra Vega

My Reflection Portion...

Throughout the dig at the Blueberry Site in Test Unit 8, we are starting to see a huge impact on how far deep we have gotten. We are now 110 CMBD... which is pretty deep in my opinion. What I feel that made this past dig so distinguishing is how I actually instructed students who attend Florida colleges. These adults are from UCF and USF. I am a sophomore in high school, so I thought that teaching older people the ropes of the archeology dig was very exciting. I showed them how to bisect a feature. So, I essentially mastered that aspect of the dig and the others were like my prodigies... which is pretty darn cool if you ask me! As always, I cannot wait until the next meet which will be in February.

Credits:

Created with images by 729714 - "death skull glass" • James Bowe - "Dirt Path" • -epsilon- - "Tree"

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