'TWAS THE YEAR 1994 AT DhRl
This was a busy year, as
always. But we did not
spend it outside in the
hot summer sun (or the cold
Instead, the team of archaeologists
spent this year gathering
together all the facts that
had been collected so far
and tried to make some
sense out of them. This
was not done 'in the field'
(on site) but probably at
the universities where they worked.
Many people do not realize
how important archaeology is.
They don't understand how
knowing about the past
can help our future.
Because of this, archaeologists
often cannot get the money
they need to go out to the site and work.
Archaeology is very expensive!
You have to feed and (sometimes)
pay people to work as
well as give them a place
to stay (usually tents).
Specialists, like geologists
(who study rocks) are often
asked to help. Their special
knowledge helps us out a lot,
it gives us good clues...
but they are sometimes expensive.
Besides these things, archaeologists
have to have money
for the equipment they need
for the excavation.
Now that you have been on
the virtual journey of
DhRl 16 for two years (or
'field seasons'), try to imagine that
you are a famous archaeological
detetective beginning your own 'dig'.
What kind of things would
you need to bring along?
At DhRl 16 we needed:
shovels, trowels, buckets, wheelbarrows
and gas weed-eaters
two boats, 10 life-jackets, gas
for the boats
string, measuring tape, plastic
soil sifters and floatation machine
(to help find small seeds and bones)
plastic bags and waterproof storage
tents, bunsen burners, lots of mosquito
waterproof pens, waterproof paper
So in 1994, there was no
actual excavation, but a lot of thinking and planning went on. Although
you don't get dirty doing this, it can be tough work!
me to 1995!