Well, we made it. Week 5 was all about lab work.
This week was spent finishing up artifact cleaning; sorting, counting, and cataloguing artifacts; analyzing, photographing, and drawing special finds; doing up an inventory of our equipment; and writing our preliminary report to submit to the Belize Institute of Archaeology (final report to be submitted in the new year). Shawn, Brittany, and I worked hard to get everything done by Thursday (Tawny, Lisa, and Jesucita had to get back home early), and then spent Friday bringing artifacts and equipment to our storage area.
We celebrated the end of our season with Piña Coladas at Sleeping Giant Lodge in the Sibun, and then a lobster lunch in Hopkins!
So, that is it for this season. The fall will be spent conducting further analyses, presenting about our work at a couple conferences, and hopefully getting a preliminary article out on the site. We will also be pulling together our final report of the season, which will be posted along with the 2014 report under the “Publications” tab.
We will continue to post updates throughout the year as we keep ourselves busy thinking about this season and planning for 2016 when we will start excavating many of the settlement mounds we encountered in 2014 and 2015 survey.
A final “cheers” from Belize!