The other is some nice shots of Dianna and her garden that I have no idea why they never got posted. Senior moments? Could be, could be. Hopefully, nothing more significant. I'll have to keep track of that... if I can remember to do so.
So, here's the first grab bag that I've done in a while. There's so much, I've broken it down into two parts. This is part one.
This bit is from May 22, 2013. It was tentatively titled 'The Dig From the Side; Just the Way You Like It.'
|A Lotta Dirt To Move|
|Somebody Done Good|
I had seen a program on TV about 'working vacations', and archeological digs apparently are always looking for cannon fodder - er, I mean, volunteers - especially volunteers who can pay their own way, both in transport and in food for the duration of their participation.
What interested us was a dig I found on the Intertubes that was occurring about 300 miles up the Amazon from the nearest town. Keep in mind, this was right after the movie Medicine Man, with Sean Connery. It really sounded cool and mysterious.
We were getting ready to start the process of finding out about required shots, stuff to bring, transportation, etc., etc., when I read an article about that very dig in some blog or news item. The thing sounded like it was right up our alley till I came to the part about 'participants would observe only...' Observe only? We wanted to do and observe. We didn't see much value in traipsing 300 or so miles up the Amazon only to stand around and watch somebody else do the work. Besides the time commitment was a bit much too, something like six weeks, which would have been tough since we were both working.
Still wanting to do a working vacation, we stumbled upon a volunteer program through the University of Washington (Tacoma) Archeology Department, which really sounded cool. it still required a significant time commitment, but it seemed worth it. They would run you through each area of the dig. That is, a few days working photographing items and doing other photo lab stuff, maybe a few days in the art section, where people drew the recovered items, a couple of days running a wheelbarrow, a couple of days here, there, and everywhere. You'd get exposed to every bit of the archeologist's lot in the field.
The only problem with all this was it was in the Jordanian desert somewhere. Can you say 'hot?' Sure, I knew you could. We decided that 120+ in the shade might not be quite our cup of tea.
Then, we found a dig at an Irish monastery in the Aran Islands in Galway Bay on the west coast of Ireland. This sounded at the time, more to our temperament. You were lodged with townspeople in their homes, and the time frame was fairly good.
But then we got turned on to the Peace Corps. I don't know if I watched a program on TV or what. Anyway, longer story short, that was the direction we headed off in. After getting tired of waiting for the Peace Corps, we decided to make our own adventure and came to Belize, where we've been ever since. Best decision we ever made. It's a hell of a vacation.
But, the idea of working on a dig never really did leave us, so this opportunity up at Santa Rita was, by now, exactly what we were looking for. Even though we only actually participated for two or three days on the dig, we felt we did something few other folks really ever get an opportunity to take part in.
So, here's a shot of Dianna and Bruce hard at work at the Santa Rita dig. Bruce and Colleen spent a lot more time here than we did. Bruce ended up lessening his participation as it impacted his golfing up at Consejo Shores, But, Colleen got the bug so much so, that she could probably qualify for a paid position - if there was one.
|It Could Be Important|
|It Was A Good Day|
|A Good Find|
|Lotsa Rocks to be Used|
|One of Our Best Finds|
|Patty's Found Several Pieces|
|Quite the Find|
|Recovered Rocks Waiting to be Replaced|
|Running Out of Gas|
|Santa Rita Ruins - The Big Dig|
|Some Original Wall|
|Somebody Has to Haul Away the Spoils|
|The Crew At Work|
|The Outer Reaches|
|The Spoils Site|
|There's a Piece Buried|
|Two of Our Best Finds|
|Vivien's Corner of the World|
Always the ongoing debate - is it a shard or a rock? Thankfully we had professionals on site to solve the questions of this sort that we just couldn't answer. They could tell at a glance too.
|Is it a shard or a rock|
|It All Looks Like Dirt and Rocks|
|A Near Perfect Match|
And this next part is from July 2, 2013, and was tentatively titled 'No Dinosaurs Yet.'
Here's the early approach to the dig, way before anything is prettied up.
|The Approach to the Dig|
|Another Day At the Mine|
|A Lot of Progress|
|Areas of Emphasis|
|More Piles of Rocks|
|Santa Rita From the Road|
|Artifacts Found Here|
|Rubble Yet to be Sifted|
|Conservator Doing the Detail Work|
|Wheelbarrow - An Integral Part|
|Looking Across the Whole Thing|
|Bruce and Colleen's Handiwork|
|Colleen Briefing David and Dianna|