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May 23, 2013

Dam Beavers!

The teeming wildlife within the Boundary Waters is truly extraordinary, however a large portion of the ecosystem of the lakes can be attributed to one creature in particular: the beaver. According to my brother, Clinton, a guide from Wilderness Wind Outfitters, it is not illegal to hunt and trap beavers–however dismantling a beaver lodge or dam carries serious legal consequences. On our third day in the waters, with the realization that we needed to backtrack, beaver dams became somewhat of a nuisance.  A beaver dam turns a forest into a swamp very quickly, and in turn submerged some of our…

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May 21, 2013

Making camp in the Boundary Waters requires more than setting up tents and starting a fire.  Once a campsite is picked and everyone clears out of the canoes, each of us takes a job and help make camp.  Here are some of the basics of making camp. Picking an ideal campsite is important.  With nine people, we needed to make sure that there were enough soft, level spots to accommodate four tents.  Every campsite has advantages and disadvantages, taking into consideration anything from entry points to fire grates, from tree cover to latrine location. Once a campsite is chosen, each…

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May 20, 2013

The past week has been an amazing experience of nature and wildlife, and after Goshen College students arrived back to campus on Sunday, everyone felt the effect of the wild. Personally, I found getting reacquainted with my cell phone and computer to be somewhat surreal.  And putting my Timex watch back around my wrist reminded me of our culture’s adherence to time. Many of the students in the group felt as if we were lost in a sort of “time warp,” an experience which could easily be likened to that of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series, wherein characters return from years…

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May 20, 2013

Greetings, friends! It’s almost 6:00 in London and we’ve all turned in our final projects, meaning we’re completely finished with the academic portion of the Arts in London class! It’s hard to believe that in just over one short day our three-week whirlwind experience will come to a close. While the work is finished (except for the professors…), tonight and tomorrow promise to be packed full while we try to tie up our loose ends and finish our must-do lists. Some of us will return home on Wednesday, some of us will remain in England and Europe to travel. This…

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May 20, 2013

Heading Home!

We’ve had a great time, but returning home always feels nice. We left Crow Canyon on Saturday morning to begin our trek home. On our way we visited Ute Mountain Tribal Park and spent the night camping there on Saturday. We then headed to Chaco Canyon where we spent the night and got a tour of the site there. Monday morning marks the first day of our trip back to Goshen. We have learned a lot about what it means to be historians, archaeologists and historical preservationists. Native culture plays a unique role in our society and representation is of…

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May 18, 2013

It’s not what you find, it’s what you find out. This has been our mantra at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center this past week. Our week has been one of learning about what archaeologists do and how they represent Native Americans through the questions they ask. On Monday, we did a mock dig in a classroom and toured the site we were going to help excavate later this week. The name of the site we will work on is a Basketmaker III site, called the Dillard’s site. The Basketmaker III era includes the time period just after the transition from hunter-gatherer…

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May 18, 2013

London Photo Update

Pictures to update! We’re all enjoying our last few days here and finishing up our final projects. -Alia Munley

May 17, 2013

Final Reflections…

I write this from the Miami International Airport.  Yesterday morning students presented their final research presentations – they were excellent and it was evident that students worked very hard on their projects.  We spent the afternoon cleaning the facility and performing minor maintenance and upkeep. In the evening I took Jessica, Michelle, Alex, and Cortney to Islamorada to get their Greyhound bus to Miami for their early morning flights.  The rest of us left early this morning from Layton either via vehicle or plane to return home. We leave you with individual reflections authored by the students.  We are all…

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May 17, 2013

Visiting Mesa Verde

Sunday, after leaving our Najavo host families, we drove to Cortez, Colorado and unloaded our bus at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, where we would spend the week. While there we would learn about the procedure behind archaeology and how the center works with representing Native Americans. On Tuesday morning, we loaded up the Crow Canyon school bus and headed out to Mesa Verde National Park for the day. Our guide in the park was Clyde Benally, a Navajo historian who is currently serving as a National Park Ranger at Mesa Verde National Park. He took us on a journey through…

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May 16, 2013

Tuesday we woke and said goodbye to Dave Ostergren who returned to Goshen. Most students completed a final trip to Triton Flat for data collection.  A few research groups stayed at the lab and walked to a nearby hard-bottom site.  The weather Tuesday was very windy and the water was choppy – it reminded us how lucky we have been this year with amazing weather and still waters. In the afternoon the students processed their data and studied for the final written exam, which occurred on Wednesday morning.  Wednesday afternoon was a blur of data analysis, statistical testing, and paper…

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