|Saturday volunteer student field crew at Mission Escambe.|
Today we had a crew of more than a dozen student volunteers return to the site for the first time since July of 2012 for some vegetation clearing. We were pleasantly surprised to see that our previous clearing had not grown up too badly in the intervening year and a half, so students quickly turned their attention to the downslope edge of the woods to the east of the main mission compound. Under the leadership of our 2014 student field director Michelle Pigott, the team worked on clearing a part of the site we had never thoroughly penetrated before because of a dense growth of privet hedge.
|Eastern margin of the mission site, newly exposed.|
We also spent some time using a 1/2 inch coring device to explore the central area of the mission compound where a burned clay layer was found in 2012.
|Dark midden overlying sterile yellow clay subsoil.|
Keep an eye out for more frequent updates as warmer weather approaches!