Backdirt pile from an archaeological excavation at the old Champoeg townsite, Champoeg State Park, Oregon (USA) 1973

Photo taken in the summer of 1973. The soil at the site was soft and the artifacts were present just under the surface so we used plastic sheets to put the excavated fill on so that when we re-filled the excavated areas at the end of the season, we wouldn't disturb the area under the pile.

  • John Atherton PRO 8y

    Another view:

  • Travis PRO 8y

    Amazing. You saved it all on a tarp!
    We always just haphazardly sift next to the unit.
    That probably makes it a lot easier to backfill.
  • John Atherton PRO 8y

    Yep, it was a little easier to backfill. The fill was so fine that we didn't need to use screening/sifting but were able to find and measure everything in situ, including tiny beads that would have gone through any screen and been lost:

    Excavating beads during archaeological investigations at the old Champoeg townsite at Champoeg State Park (Oregon, USA), 1975
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Taken sometime in 1973
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