This past summer I participated in USI's field school in New Harmony, Indiana with several other students. The first day we stayed inside, listening to our instructor, Dr. Mike Strezewski, explain what we would be doing at the site and what kind of things we would be looking for. He explained to us that we were looking for pottery left behind the Harmonists, a group of people who came from Germany to start a utopian community at the site. After that first day, we drove out every morning to New Harmony and began setting up our units. We practiced digging straight down 10 centimeters at a time until we got the feeling of maintaining a flat surface across the bottom of the unit. At the end of each section, we had to fill out paperwork describing the unit and what we found in the soil. We found many bricks and rocks as well as some pesky mole holes that always seemed to appear in the unit I was digging. We also had to describe the soil color and texture, any charcoal or organic material within the soil, and, most importantly, if there was any mottling within the soil.
|Lydia poses with dig mascot, "Christoph Weber."|
|Fragment of a chamber pot found at New Harmony.|