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Week 21 Update – Burned Rock Midden Demonstration Week! 

Hi there, everyone! Welcome back for another edition of our Excavation Update! While the work is moving along pretty well, it’s kinda more of the same of late. We wanted to mix things up a bit so we thought, “What better time than now to talk about the upcoming Burned Rock Midden demonstration?” And we all answered, “Yeah! What better time is there!?!”

You’ve heard us mention burned rock middens repeatedly in this blog (and on our live videos), but maybe it’s still a little tough to really visualize what these big rock piles were really like. This coming Friday, February 22nd, from 4-7 PM, we are going to have an actual, live, working burned rock midden feature going at the Headwaters Site! Along with a tour of the site, attendees will get to see how middens like those we’ve been studying here actually worked and what the food tasted like. And scouts have an opportunity to earn their archaeology badges. It looks like it’s a pretty popular thing, because as of this posting, it’s SOLD OUT!  

While most of the crew is busy conducting their excavations (as they should!), some of the team is setting up a midden test run to make sure everything is working the way it should and that it’ll be ready for the big show on Friday. If you have tickets, we look forward to seeing you out there. If you can’t attend in person, let us know and maybe we can stream some of it live!

Setting up the logs for the fire pit…

Some of the plant foods that will be baked in the oven.

The fire’s going now!

Fire Marshal Mindy keeping an eye on things… This should be a lot of fun!

For a little bit of fun this week, we thought we’d test our audience’s guessing abilities. We have a quick quiz below where you can guess how many flakes came from just one 10-centimeter unit level out at the site… Is it 20? Is it 200? Is it 2,000,000!?!? Ok, it’s probably not that many… But give it a try! We will post the answer as soon as we’re done counting all of them!

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