It’s been a rather long saga but it looks like our sites are finally wrapping up. There’s still more treasures in the ground, I’m sure of it, but that’s all we’re going to get to excavate of it.
Of course the end of digging doesn’t quite mean that’s all there is, there are some lingering sediment samples to take, some beautiful profiles to draw, and then the rather large task of take down – the tents need to be deconstructed, packed, the shoring removed and disassembled. And, of course, then there is the reporting to do but I’m going to choose to blissfully ignore that for another week or two.
And of course, just before wrap up we encountered one last feature in one of our oldest occupations – it’s a lovely hearth feature filled with calcined (highly burnt) bone. We think they may have been using the greasy bone as fuel for the fire, while they sat around the fire industriously making stone tools (and leaving us quite a mess of flakes to map and collect).
It’s a weird feeling to be done on site though, doesn’t quite feel real yet. Feels a bit like next week someone is going to call up and say “just kidding, back you go”. Readjusting to normal society also feels a bit daunting, and I feel like I need to reconnect with all the friends and family members who have put up with me missing countless birthdays, holidays and events over the past two years and yet remained exceptionally supportive – thanks guys!