Mule Creek Underground

2012 Field Season Begins

 By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant

Mule Creek Campfire

Dinner around the campfire. Click to enlarge.

This Tuesday, we arrived in Mule Creek with the new students, officially beginning the 2012 Mule Creek Preservation Archaeology field school. For those of you who haven’t visited the blog before, we began this journal during the 2011 field season as a way of sharing our research and experiences in the field. You can explore the older posts (scroll to bottom of page at that link to begin) to get an idea of our research up to this point.

After settling in with a site tour and a cookout, we started fieldwork on Thursday. We’re still hitting our stride, but it’s clear that we’re going to have a great season with great students. We’ll provide more details about our work at the Fornholt site as the season progresses.

Mule Creek Field School

Site tour. Bill Doelle (white shirt, white hat, right of center) came to visit to help us kick things off. Click to enlarge.

Many of you are probably aware that there’s a wildfire, the Whitewater-Baldy complex, burning on the Gila National Forest to the northeast of us. We aren’t in any danger from the fire right now, and it’s highly unlikely that the fire will move in this direction. We can certainly see the smoke, though, and we may sometimes need to adjust our work schedule on days when the wind is blowing in our direction.

The students and staff will be updating the blog every few days. Check back often!

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