It’s a dirty job

This week, Flinders University Archaeology Department is running a field school in the Sturt Gorge, excavating the ruins of a nineteenth century cottage.  The Sturt Gorge Recreation Park covers almost 250 hectares, is just 13km south of Adelaide city centre, and conveniently close to the university. The field school is being carried out in conjunction with Friends of Sturt Gorge.

The rain came in today, and stopped play by mid-afternoon. Until then, we kept smiling and sieving, digging and measuring.

I'm sieving in the rain

I’m sieving in the rain

Trench F has a fine selection of animal bones.

Animal bones in Trench F

Animal bones in Trench F

The picture below is not Trench F, but this may be what it looks like tomorrow morning, since it has now been raining for ten hours non-stop.

Rain on Magpie Creek

Rain on Magpie Creek

The cottage was built on the rise above Magpie Creek.

Magpie Creek

Magpie Creek

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One Response to It’s a dirty job

  1. GenieJen says:

    Who would have thought you would have had to worry about rain when it’s been so very dry. Hope it clears up so you can get on with your search. Fascinating blog post. Don’t think of people doing archeology so close to the city.

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