I became an archaeologist for a day!
Canadian Luke Dalla Bona is leading an archaeological dig in the indigenous community of Agua Blanca. He lives in the community, 10 minutes north of Puerto Lopez. He is training the next generation of archaeologists right in their own backyard.
Before Luke joined them, the community identified some areas where ancient structures once stood. They built a roof over one of the homes to preserve it, waiting for an archaeologist.
|Protective roof covering site|
Luke shared their desire to learn how the community member´s Manteño ancestors lived their daily lives. They joined forces and are uncovering history together.
|Luke (standing with hat) and the house currently being uncovered|
On my dig day, each amateur was partnered with a member of the archaeology team and given instructions. Then we got down to the business of digging (carefully, with brushes and trowels).
|Digging up history, carefully, gently
Photo courtesy of Luke Dalla Bona
I found many ceramic pieces and bone fragments. My digging neighbor found almost a mouthful of human teeth and an animal tooth. Another participant was uncovering a burial urn. We all touched history and helped to preserve it.
It was a fun, educational day that I wish everyone could experience. Luke shares discoveries and fun stories on Archaeology Vacation´s Facebook page.