After replacing our worn out water pump, our environmental flotation tank is now up and running. Trench 1 Supervisor Neal Lythe and Assistant Supervisor Anj Hird set up the tank earlier in the week, and are now able to process samples. Lynne Lowrie, an environmental archaeologist working with NAA, kindly helped us start work, and will be joining us throughout the season to help process samples and analyse the resultant flot.
We plan initially to clear the backlog of samples from previous seasons, before moving on to samples collected in the 2010 season. Environmental sampling seeks to locate organic remains, often on a very small scale, that we would otherwise miss. We can extract seeds, carbon pieces (like charcoal), insect and plant remains – these tiny things can help us learn more about the environment that people were living in, the kinds of farming people were engaged in, as well as the things people ate.