College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Notes from the Field Blog

Shawna
 
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

For my first time ever digging in archaeological site, it has been an exciting ride. I always knew what archaeology was, but I never thought I would get to experience it firsthand. When I signed up for this class, I thought it was going to be something relatively easy. Little did I know that I would be knee deep in a unit...

Adam
 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

After taking this class for the past few months, I’ve definitely learned that I may want to pursue a career in archaeology someday. Figuring out what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing has always seemed overwhelming to me, especially at 19 years old. I’ve spent barely any time on this planet and I’m expected to...

Melinda
 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

It occurred to me that quite a few cliches could apply to archaeology so here are but a few.

To get the big picture is to get the long range view or overall picture of a situation. In archaeology this is accomplished through first measuring the number of steps it takes you to get to a distance of 10 meters to use...

Madi
 
Thursday, November 12, 2020

As the semester nears its end, I’ve had a chance to reflect on my experience at the Latham Stadium dig site.  This semester has no doubt been an interesting one, but the group has always found a way to push through and have fun while doing it.  I have had the unique opportunity to work as a student leader at the site as...

Jarod
 
Tuesday, November 10, 2020

While digging into the Latham Field Stadium Hall over the course of the first semester, I have learned and excavated a lot. After digging through our first 20 cm level, my excavation partner and I both unveiled some interesting finds that have been buried under the soil for a long time. Large chunks of asphalt have been...

Jarod
 
Friday, September 25, 2020

The dig site at Latham field has been interesting, and full of learning opportunities. As this is my second year in the Archeological Field Work course, I am still learning more each day. So far, we have begun the first level of our unit, and aim to dig into the 20 cm level before beginning the second level of our dig....

Eliza
 
Thursday, September 24, 2020

I’m not going to lie to you, when I signed up for a class to dig around in the dirt on campus looking for cool historical things, what I was picturing was not what I got. So far I’ve had bug bites, sunburn, dirt in my eyes (and probably my mouth), and several blisters, we’ve worked through scorching weather, cold rain, and...

Farin
 
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Rain or shine, this group has proven our willingness to work together and offer assistance if and when needed, and in the safest way possible. We have shown that we can responsibly trade off carrying our shared equipment. Those who get to the closet early will go back after carrying their buckets, screen, and shovel in...

Shawna
 
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

I am going to be real. I hate bugs and so far, I have had multiple spiders and other insects crawl all over me and I am not thrilled about that. Although, I will say that I have had an amazing time doing my first archaeological dig with some pretty cool people. I am not an outdoorsy kind of person but being surrounded by...

Melinda
 
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Archeological Fieldwork is not for the faint at heart, or the weak of spirit.Those of us enrolled in the Fall 2020 class have realized that the site will be prepared, and the excavation will continue, whether it is one hundred degrees in the shade, or pouring rain. Regardless of the weather, shovels, buckets, and a variety...

Adam
 
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

We’re about a month into the 2020 semester at UNI, and our Archaeological Fieldwork class is going surprisingly well. With the COVID-19 pandemic you’d expect that a class that requires students to be close together and digging in the unpredictable Iowa weather would be impossible. But we are defying the impossible and...