By Katherine A. Dungan, Research Assistant
It’s hard to believe we’ve been back from the field for a little over a month now. Thanks again to our students for all the hard work that made this field season such a success! Now that the field work is over, it’s time to get laboratory analysis underway. Right now, we’re still organizing artifacts and paperwork from this season, but we’ll continue to update the blog as analysis progresses.
Thankfully, I haven’t spent the entire month in the lab. Two weekends ago, Rob Jones, I, and a few other Archaeology Southwest staff members—as well as some of our field school students from this past season—attended the annual Pecos Conference at Pecos National Historical Park. From the conference papers to the “Kidder bitter” beer tasting, a good time was had by all. We contributed a poster summarizing our findings from the 2011 and 2012 field work in Mule Creek, which includes some information on our excavations in the great kiva that I never did have time to post about during this past summer’s field season. You can check it out here (PDF).
Excavation is really only a small part of any archaeological project, and the most interesting results are going to come out of the artifact analysis and the research we do over the coming year to put our Mule Creek work in a regional context. We’ll keep in touch!