Completed week two of working in the lab. On friday we went to the dig site again for the day. Myself and Chelsea worked on our own quad and we found pieces of iron, bone, quartz, mica and ramah chert. The wind picked up before we were on our way home and we ended up getting soaked but it wasn’t overly rough in the boat. On saturday community day was held out to the island. I attended community day in the past when I would travel out with my dad. I always thought it was pretty interesting to see the work they did out to the sites. This year we did have quite a few people but we were prepared for more people to come, but we did have an overall good turnout. This week again we are logging artifacts that they found last week. We go out to the island again friday morning to dig, I really like fridays because I think digging it really fun, but i’m yet to find something more interesting then a pipe stem, they are finding a nice few interesting artifacts out there so far
So on Friday we headed back out to the site after having a busy week in the lab. We finished catalogueing all of the artifacts that had been brought in and we gathered up some groceries for the BBQ on Saturday for COMMUNITY DAY! Friday digging weather was a bit windy, and a lot fo the crew found it very chilly. Myself and Kellie shared a unit this week and it went well. We found a huge piece of bone, some mica, and an iron hook. Overall there was no flies, so it turned out to be a good digging day.
On Saturday we headed out to the site for Community Day! It was a good day, with quite a few visitors. We opened the site to the public and had hamburgers, hot dogs and pop for all who showed up. There was constantly someone at the site. Lisa took groups around the house and explained a little bit what we were doing there. In the end, the wind died out and the flies started come out. Other than that, it was a great turnout and we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as our crew did!
Completed my first week of work with the group at the lab. The week went pretty good and I really enjoy this as a summer job. We went out to the dig site on Thursday for a little visit, and went out to dig with them on friday. My first time digging with them and I thought it was really fun, I really enjoyed it. I found a few pieces of bone, quartz and a pipe stem. During this week, we are logging the artifacts they found. Some of the things are pretty cool, but hopefully they find more cool stuff in the weeks to come. We head out again friday morning to dig again, maybe this time I will get my own square and will find stuff that might be more interesting.
There hadn’t been much work in the lab the first week so on Thursday Brandon, Laura, Kellie and I decided we’d head out to the site to see how everyone was doing. I baked brownies for the crew the night before, and brought out a watermelon as well. When we got there, locals from Cartwright had been stuck on the shore because of the falling tide; leaving their boat “high and dry”. But it gave Junior Sainsbury a chance to try for a fish while he waited for the tide to rise! We only spent a couple of hours at the site. We arrived just before dinner and chatted with the crew while digging. Then we ate and sat around outside discussing different things. After dinner we headed back to Cartwright with a box of artifacts to unpack and put out to dry over the weekend.
On Friday, we all headed out to the site early in the morning. Once we got out there, we got staright to it. Both myself and Brandon got our own units because we had dug before, and Kellie partnered up with Vicky Allen from Rigolet. After a while of digging in what was a terribl rooty unit I discovered a Ulu! It was the first one of the season! It was pretty exciting. I didn’t find much after that because my unit was full of roots, but in the end it was a good day.
In the afternoon we took a break and let Andrew test out a cardboard boat we had built earlier in the week for the cardboard boat race that’s suppose to take place later on this summer. We took part in it last year and terribly failed, but we wern’t going to let that happen this year! So we made a prototype and let Andrew test it out in the pond. Thankfully, there were minimum leaks, and Andrew made it to the otherside without sinking! Digging sure is fun, but taking little breaks like that are all part of it too.
This past week, we’ve catalogued all the artifacts that the crew have found so far. The weather wasn’t always the best for them to be digging so we didn’t have many things to catalogue so we’ve finished our list of things to do by Wednesday morning. Thursday morning Kellie, Chelsea, Laura and myself got ready and headed out to the site for a couple of hours to pick up some more stuff that they have found so far and get another list of things to do for this week. Again on Friday we went back to the site to dig. I didn’t find a whole lot in the unit that I was digging in, but I managed to find a large piece of Normandy Ceramic Stoneware along with a few bones. We are now back in the lab cataloguing artifacts until Friday rolls around so we could head back out to the site to dig. Thats all for now.
After almost two weeks of excavation at Indian Harbour we are beginning to see some real progress. We have located a sleeping platform and are currently starting work on the entrance passage. I can also say that after reaching floor stones in several places the sod house is looking more and more like a home every day.
We have uncovered a great deal of pipe stems –many more than in previous excavations at this location– and a small quantity of Normandy Stoneware. We have also found several whalebone artifacts, including a sled runner, and an iron ulu knife that Chelsea found on her visit to the site last Friday.
We have had many visitors from both Canada and the United States who we are always happy to show around, and have also been periodically visited by a seal and once by a Caribou. Aside from a few cold and rainy days the weather has been wonderful and the almost complete absence of black flies or mosquitoes has made for some very pleasant digging conditions. All in all the excavation is proceeding very well and the crew members are all happy to be working at such a beautiful site.
This is my second summer back working with Lisa and her crew again out at Indian Harbour. Me along with two others work in the lab during the week and go out to the site to dig with the rest of the crew. I really enjoyed my summer working with the crew last year and I’m looking forward to working with the new gang this summer.
My name is Chelsea Morris and I am from Carwright, NL. I am a summer student working with Dr. Lisa Rankin.
So this is my second summer in the Lab and working with Lisa and her crew at Indian Harbor. I really enjoyed the dig last summer, and found it very interesting. It’s working pretty much the same as last summer. We come to the lab from Monday to Thursday and catalogue the artifacts found during the week, and then we go out to the site on Fridays and dig with the crowd. Cleaning the artifacts and seeing different things like beads and pipe stems are pretty cool, but I really like to dig and find my own things. I’m excited about going out to the site on Friday to see how much they have uncovered so far. Keep posted to see what exciting things we find!
Started work for the first day today, things are pretty slow so far, but I think it will turn out to be really interesting. Looking forward to what we do in the weeks to come and the trips out to the dig site. I think I will learn a lot of new things especially about the history of the area where I grew up. I think it’s going to be a interesting, and enjoyable summer.
if anybody may have lost a pocketknife at the Indian Harbour site this summer, please leave a comment.