May 20, 2015 – Day 2

written by Linda Ziegenbein

Today, students from the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School and North Star in Hadley helped us excavate the site. The units we are excavating are located in the rear yard of the property, in an area that will be affected by the construction of the basement. Students at North Star noticed that we are starting to find some charcoal, burned bone, and ceramic fragments in the southern part of two of our units. A hypothesis is that this may be where food was once cooked. The difference in the soil between the three units is very noticeable. We aren’t quite sure what that means right now, but we’ll get a better sense once we expand into the other units.

PVCICS students excavating a unit.

PVCICS students excavating a unit with Jill.

Linda describing an artifact recovered from the site to North Star students.

Linda describing an artifact recovered from the site to North Star students.

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