Archaeology at Kelly Forks, North Idaho

This 2012 field season marks the third summer that the University of Idaho (UI) has held an archaeological field school at the Kelly Forks Work Center site, a prehistoric upland hunting camp on the North Fork of the Clearwater River in north-central Idaho. I’m Laura, a graduate student at UI and my master’s thesis will detail our investigations from 2010 through 2012. The field work schedule goes from Mondays through Thursdays so my hands and feet are cleaner today than they have been all week. I have spent my June 29th copying forms, writing emails, uploading photos, and performing a myriad of other minor tasks (removing sediment from equipment) and domestic routines (laundry) which are all reserved for Fridays. I don’t think much elaboration is needed on this aspect, but it’s all linked to recuperation from the labors of this week and preparation for that of next week. (more…)

A New Day

Morning in York. A new day. A day doing archaeology. Not that many would recognise it as archaeology. I’ll be going through a pile of references on engaging young people in archaeology to help complete a report for the CBA. Do most archaeologists spend most of their time digging? No! We spend most of our time reading.

Just read on the BBC News website that some pot sherds from Xianrendong in China have been dated to 20,000 BP. The oldest pottery yet discovered. That puts British Neolithic pots into perspective.

Also just received a nice photo of an Acheulian hand-axe from Prof. Bae in Korea to help illustrate an article I’ve written for the Young Archaeologist magazine. The hand-axes at the Jeongok-ri site are made of quartzite. It’s very hard and tough to knap – I tried when I was out there last month. I have my poor attempt at a my very own hand-axe on my desk as a paperweight.