Farewell Annapolis

Digging the skeleton in Unit 26.

Digging the skeleton in Unit 26. Source: Benjamin Skolnik

This week was definitely one of the most arduous, yet entertaining weeks so far. Early in the week, our team from unit 26 unearthed an articulated animal skeleton. We have yet to determine the exact species, but we believe it to be a young lamb or goat. Initially, it was thought to be a calf (baby cow), but with further examination of its jaw and teeth, the idea was declined. By Monday, we had dug around the skeleton enough to see the skull, jaw, teeth, torso, ribs, and small remains of the tail bone. The bones, however, were in very delicate condition. Nevertheless, it was an extremely exciting find, especially after having recently closed up our feature, a cistern, in the same level. Our team was really lucky to have such an active site. Unfortunately on Tuesday, the rain seeped through our tarp (which helps protect our units) and the bones were fused with mud; thus much of the marrow and spongy bones deteriorated. We managed to save as many pieces as we could, but I was somewhat disappointed at our loss.

As the week went on, our team was a bit sadden at the thought of leaving Annapolis. It is such a historic and friendly city, and our site, as mentioned before was proving to be an exciting find. By Wednesday, we were expected to start our sterile level and digging our window, like many of the other sites had done or where in the process of beginning. Unit 26, however, was not there yet. Therefore, we worked as quick and efficiently as possible in order to catch up. Luckily our unit did not have to back-fill on Friday, and we had more time to draw our profiles and photographs. This was our learning experience of the week.

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