Post by John Esh, PSU undergraduate and Archaeology Lab Intern This quarter I’ve spent a good amount of time Dr. Anderson’s lab sifting through, cleaning, sorting, and labeling artifacts from her work in Alaska at the Port Clarence Project. While some may think the work tedious, I find even the smallest of discoveries exciting. After […]
A student sorting bulk samples from Cape Krusenstern found this fragment of woven material earlier this week. The feature this sample is associated with dates from 300 years ago to the present day. So the fiber is not that old but an interesting find given the context.
Post by Dianna Woolsey, PSU Graduate Student and PNW clay/pottery project Research Assistant Last month Shelby posted about the remarkable spread of clay ball artifacts in both prehistoric and historic contexts, and the spread just keeps on spreading. Two weeks ago I went to Lewis and Clark National Park in Astoria as part of our continuing research […]
Post by Codi Quimby, PSU undergraduate and Lab Intern Processing large amounts of 1/8” material from bulk samples was quite tedious and at the same time incredibly rewarding. When I first began my work I found differentiating the different types of material quite challenging, especially differentiating between wood, antler and ivory. But by my last day […]
Post by Lyssia Coffey, PSU postbacc and Lab Tech for the Climate Change and Archaeology Project In sorting through the matrix from Dr. Anderson’s work in Alaska, I, and some other students, have found many of these amber-like pieces. They are hard and amorphous with some sharp edges. They are an orange-amber color and slightly translucent. They […]