After a long absence, we are proud to announce that 2010 Season has already started. Permits obtained, funding received and team all set up, we’ve decided to go on with our surface survey, completing an area of 60 square kilometers (2009 plus 2010 seasons), which will allow us to generate a regional settlement patterns perspective. Apart from that, we are also opening excavation pits at two different sites!
Regarding surface survey, we selected an area of 44.8 square kilometers which we will walk in transects separated by 10 meters. We separated our surface survey area in different segments:
• Segment 0: 2009 Surface survey area
• Segment 1: 10.8 square kilometers
• Segment 2: 12 square kilometers
• Segment 3: 12 square kilometers
• Segment 4: 8 x 1 kilometers
• Segment 5: 4 square kilometers
We will continue applying the same method we used last year (GPS mapping and surface material collections), with a very light variants. Instead of collecting 100% of the mounds (our unit), we will only recover materials from 30% of them; so that field and lab schedules don’t take forever!
On the other hand, we are very excited with the new excavations. We decided to intervene mound 1053, apparently a domestic unit, as well as the Carrizalito site, which presents formal architectural arrangements.
Fortunately, AIA granted us the opportunity to video tape the excavations from the beginning, so be prepared to enjoy our field experience through their YouTube site soon!