Andrew Finn, Preservation Archaeology Field School Student
Throughout my time here at the Preservation Archaeology Field School, I have vastly expanded my knowledge of preservation archaeology and archaeology as a whole. I have always been very interested in the technology used by the ancient groups that we are learning about, and through the experimental archaeology that we have been conducting at camp, I have been developing a new understanding of what the people we are studying actually experienced.
Although it is fascinating to learn about the different techniques used to build the structures and weapons used in ancient times in a classroom, this really does not convey the magnitude of those feats. Having spent time working on not only the pueblo room we are building from the ground up, but also making and using prehistoric tools and weapons, I have begun to develop an understanding of what life might have been like for the people I have read so much about. I have begun to develop a respect that can only come from putting yourself into a similar situation, if only for a short time.
I believe that this understanding has given me a new mindset about the field as a whole. With every hour of hard work and drop of sweat put into these projects, my excitement for this field of study only grows.