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What's a typical day like on a dig? The crew puts in a lot of work to remove the rubble covering this wall.
The crew puts in a lot of work to remove the rubble covering this wall.
   
Chuck Said
We usually get up before dawn and have breakfast. Then we drive to the town in our truck and pick up some of the workmen who need a ride. We keep all our tools in a tent at the site so we don't have to bring them every day. We divide into teams and start to dig at about 8 a.m.

We usually have about six different operations going on at the same time in different areas. For example, each team of workmen will be excavating in a different area. A graduate student will be mapping where all the objects were found, and making sure everything is bagged and tagged. They also will be keeping a journal, recording everything that happens in their area, and taking lots of measurements, such as how deep we dig. I'm often taking photographs and consulting with the various excavation teams.

So, we'll work like that until lunchtime. After we eat, we dig again until about 4 p.m. Then we take everything we find to the lab and drive home. We are often really exhausted, so we relax and get ready for the next day.