Yesterday I participated in an archaeological survey located in Hominy, Oklahoma. I was joined by my archaeological professor and research mentor, Dr. Donald O. Henry (University of Tulsa), and graduate students Colleen and Veronica. I am a second year undergraduate at the University of Tulsa. This was my first time participating in an archaeological survey. It is very rare that undergraduates get the opportunity to participate in such activities, let alone in any field work for that matter. I feel very privileged to have been given such an opportunity.
My Personal Conjecture:
I think it is crucial that every individual who aspires to become an archaeologist briefly participate in all aspects that the occupation entails. Archaeology is not all “fun and games”, incredible discoveries and notoriety do not “just happen”, one has to start out small, conduct the necessary preparatory tasks, and not only work for, but earn one’s advancement. By carrying out the commonly considered “less desirable” duties of archaeology, one may discover that there is no longer a desire to pursue the field or contrarily the experience may further heighten one’s interest in the field. I heavily believe that it is also essential that the individual is cognizant of how archaeology can be implemented as a whole field of study and that archaeology is not only the perpetration of researching and studying information in textbooks (that would be more closely related to a history major), archaeology is exceptionally more complex in character. It is the individual’s imperative obligation to unravel how archaeology is defined, what it divulges unto them, and how it unanimously affects humanity altogether.
On A More Frolicsome Note:
I did learn some additional knowledge while on and ensuing this archaeological survey. I composed a list of supplementary realizations that I found to be vital:
I felt like I was going to die due to my allergies; not to mention I felt extremely uncomfortable the entire time.
2. Boots, thick socks, or long thick pants
I have the faintest idea of how many itchy fragments of plant matter I got stuck in my socks.
It is too hard to scan the ground with sunglasses on, therefore a hat provides sun protection as well as increases one’s analytic accuracy.
It’s very easy to get lost out there and it is easier to base the coordinates that are to be recorded from a device rather than a map and it is also far more accurate.
After about give/take the 10th hole is dug your hand are rather sore, I used construction gloves.
It is important that you enjoy what you are doing. Yes, walking back-and-forth for miles staring at the ground doesn’t sound all that entertaining, but the more vivacious you are, the faster time goes by. It is also helpful when you are working with people whom’s company you find enticing.
Below are some pictures I took during the survey:
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