This summer I participated in the Argilos Excavation, a dig run by the university of Montreal and the Ephoreia of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities of Serres in Greece. As a field archeologist on this dig, I spent the majority of my time working in my trench with a team of three other undergraduate students and supervisor. On the days that we spent on-site, we spent our time digging in the trench with pickaxes and trowels while also keeping detailed notes of our activities and findings in a log book. We also took daily elevation measurements and meticulously triangulated our trench to keep track of what excavation level we were on. When we found artifacts, we organized them into categories such as ceramic, decorated ceramic, bones and shells, bronze, and coins. With these organized finds, we would go to a local museum to clean, label, count, and store our artifacts.
Working on this dig was incredibly rewarding; it was fascinating to get hands-on experience with the history of ancient Greece, a subject which I have always loved. It was very interesting to learn how archeology contributes to the way we conceptualize and understand the history of ancient civilizations.