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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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May 15, 2013

By Ariel Ropp Yesterday our group traveled a few hours east to Salisbury, a quaint town that is home to the impressive Salisbury Cathedral and the ancient ruins at Old Sarum. In addition to exploring the cathedral, one of the highlights of the trip was taking a tour up the church spire, the tallest in the UK. Talk about a lot of stairs (about 320 in total, I believe). And to think that it was built in the 1300s, before modern machinery! Besides the cathedral, some friends and I wandered around town and bought fresh raspberries, cheese and scones at…

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May 15, 2013

Navajo family homestays

As we ended our time at Hopi, we prepared ourselves for a new culture and new relationships. On Friday afternoon, we drove to a Mother’s Day Feast hosted by the Black Mountain Mennonite Church in Navajo Nation. After helping serve dinner, we were divided into groups of two or four and sent out with host families. On Sunday, we joined back together at the Church for the Sunday morning service. Here are our stories from the weekend with our Navajo families. Jan and Janet: We stayed with Mary Trejo and her family. We were able to relax for a day,…

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May 15, 2013

While shows, musical performances, dance performances and museum’s are exciting and truly are once in a lifetime experiences, I’ve found that it is the little things that have been making my time so rich and full here in London. Whether that be finding Raffles the dog, running through the rain with friends, strolling down brick lane, or drinking out of juice boxes as an adult woman. Life is good. With only a week left in London, I hope to fill the rest of my time here with endless giggle fits and more juice boxes.    

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