Baked earth and parched lips
Shoulders sag and footsteps slow
Respite in the lab
It’s been hotter than you-know-what in the Mid-Atlantic the past week. Doing archaeology in these conditions is brutal. We’ve had a dry spell, and soils are hard as rock. It’s impossible to use our normal excavation methods sometimes. Friday’s derecho dumped some rain, but so fast, most of it ran off into the sewers.
Meghan’s dealing with this on her project. And her crew needs a break. So she’s pulled them out of the field this week and has them working in the lab. Ah, air conditioning. And she’s treated them to their favorite iced coffees today. Tomorrow’s the Fourth of July, and they’ll have a day off to relax, too. Some of them are heading into DC for the big fireworks display on the Mall. Others will take in shows closer to home.
My husband and I will stay closer to home. We can easily walk to the park where our town holds its show. I’m taking the camera this year. It has a setting for fireworks, so we’ll see how it goes. I doubt my photos will look anything like this:
But it’ll be fun to try.
That’s the beauty of digital cameras. Don’t like the photo? Delete! It’s not like the old days when you might think you wasted a roll of good film.
We’ll revisit Meghan in her lab soon. But I’m guessing much of the American audience is getting ready for tomorrow’s holiday. If you are, be safe with those fireworks!
Hope to see you all for Saturday’s post.