After about 8 months of digging, Deposit 1 is finally starting to look markedly different than it did when we first unveiled it -- well, to us, at least. Yes, it's still a dusty hunk of rock, but now it's a dusty hunk of rock that's around half a meter shorter than when we first got it.
As I've hopefully mentioned before, we work in 1m x 1m grids, and dig down 25 cm at a time. You've seen this before:
Now the grids look like this:
Yes, there are still bones, but if you look carefully, you'll note a wonderful lack of scapulae...
...because Tara got the last one out! Everything left in place is too far below floor to excavate at this time. The grids surrounding the bone mass are still at level 2, so we have to get those down to level 3 before we can open up grids b-1 and b-2 at level 4. Did that all make sense? Excavational peccadilloes are difficult to describe via the interwebs. To sum up: if we keep excavating just the main bone deposit, we'll wind up with a giant hole in the ground (in the box) which will be too deep to keep digging at. So: sterile grids for us, for a while.
In non deposit 1 news: as Ryan and I have both mentioned, 10A is no more! We time lapsed it's final moments:
I have to say, I like the soundtrack to this one better than last week's, but I don't think anything will match excavation to the tune of "I Am the Walrus." Ah well.
Next week: we just laid grid lines out for 5 new deposits -- 7A-E! We're very excited to start work in new, softer dirt. Pictures soon to follow. OH! And click through to flickr to check out the giant freaky black (and brown) widows Laura and Michelle found under 10A.