After our modest celebration for the conclusion of the first field season, project activities continue. We are beginning the lab work. We can’t deny how thrilling the idea of venturing through thousands of artifacts waiting for us is. Who knows how many “treasures” we’ll find among them?
Local high-school students are helping us wash the materials. This is extremely necessary for analysis, otherwise we couldn’t observe all the details and features that both lithic and ceramics will show. Currently, apart from the clean-up, we are also digitalizing forms and processing the GPS information in order to produce accurate mound distribution maps. This past week we’ve also met with local authorities and people to tell them about the archaeological research and to thank them for all their support.
Analysis will also help us determine El Carrizal’s time depth. So far, we have preliminary identified materials from the Middle Formative (800 – 400 B.C.) on. Frankly we expect to find earlier artifacts during the lab season.
Next week, several Universidad Veracruzana students will visit our camp and we’ll try to show them all the activities that need to be undertaken once fieldwork is done. Additionally, specialists in polished stones and yokes will help us evaluate artifacts we recovered during our survey and were given as donations.
Within the next few days, we are also planning to give some workshops to the community, stressing the value of archaeological heritage and protection basics that they need to take into account, since last week we found a partially looted mound, from which we recovered a complete metate or grinding stone. We still have a LOT of work to do…