Fall term, Sarah Kennedy, Robert A. Oden, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovation in the Humanities and Archaeology, taught an archeological methods and lab course focused on the Olin Farm site, homesteaded in 1857 and now part of the Cowling Arboretum.
Students researched texts, historical documents, oral histories, and archival maps to learn about the animal barns, machine sheds, and dumping areas that once populated the site.
Once in the field, students did site reconnaissance, field walking, surface excavation, and GPS-assisted surveying. Excavation work was then completed at a series of test sites, which involved screening dirt through mesh.
Found artifacts—including butchered animal bones, dishes, and jewelry—were then brought back to the lab for cleaning, curating, and data analysis. The class’s findings were shared during Community Archaeology Day in early December.
For more information visit go.carleton.edu/arbarchaeology
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