We continue excavating our extensions and in the most recently opened corner of one, we expose a massive lithic blade, likely for a tomahawk, near the left leg bones of an individual, approximately where a hand would have been. The lithic blade was pointing straight up with its tapered end.
“It really felt like a movie,” Divish exclaims. “It definitely solidified archaeology as the place I want to be, just because it’s so exciting in every way.”
We expose the pelvis the same day we find the lithic blade, and then after a full day of fieldwork, we remove the long bones of the legs. This is the last day of field work for the students. After the weekend, Geoff McCafferty and the staff members who have been directing students will spend one more day in the field, the last day to remove the pelvis and to define the rest of the burial.
At the lab, Jennifer Engler, a biologist about to begin her pre-med education, initially analyzed them before cleaning and it does not appear that the patella is fused. This suggests the remains belonged to a younger individual in their early teens. The bones will be further analyzed after they are fully organized to prove this.
Geoffrey McCafferty and staff members rapidly complete excavations on the last day. The team discovers that the articulated remains of the young individual extend beyond the pedestalled pelvis, but they had to conclude the excavations before investigating the largest and potentially most significant individual buried here.