Some days the field is hot and sweaty. Some days you get so covered in dirt you forget what it is like to be clean. Some days entering data in the house is tedious and brushing bones seems to never end. Some days you think you will never catch up with the backlog and actually imagine yourself buried under a never-ending pile of coarseware body sherds. Some days you sit silently in your trench or tomb, or at your desk, questioning your resolve. But some days – SOME DAYS – you find an object, learn something, confirm a notion that makes all of your hard work worth the blood, sweat, and tears.
For the PNRP team, today was this second kind of day. Those working in the house were called to the field on the urgent word of Dr. Parker and Dr. Perry. A great scrambling occurred as house staff rushed for boots, sunblock, and field appropriate attire. Piling into the truck, they speculated among themselves about the nature of the secret find.
When they arrived it was second breakfast. Today, the rest was not so charming as anxiety riled the team. But finally, it was announced that everyone would enter the tomb to see the find. Lining up at B.6, students and staff climbed the ladder down to the dusty and humid tomb to view the find, waiting long periods but deeming it worth it in the end.
Dr. Parker framed the find at lunch (as Dr. Perry and a few choice staff remained in the field to work with the find), saying “this is a day you will remember always. Maybe you do not realize it yet, but it will be.” The rest of the afternoon flew by as spirits were up and pottery readings went quickly, placed into the contexts with the new find. We knew what it was leading up to now, and the excitement sustained.
Some days you bond with 47 of your nearest and dearest team members. Some days you find perspective.’