It was a great day in the field, with really lovely weather. Dennis O’Rourke got in last night and joined us, as did Rhett Herman, & his student Jared Palmer with the GPR gear.
We started excavation of the burial that had been found in the road. As with most road burials it has suffered some disturbance. At first it looked like there was a large man (found part of his pelvis), then a neck vertebra from a small person showed up, then one skull, then another, and then the nasal area from a third (!) person. We still have more to do tomorrow, so this may change, but at the moment it looks like there may have been two burial side by side, and a third burial was dug across one of them at a later date.
The GPR guys had a good workout. They had set up the units on carts, which had worked well yesterday on the beach near NARL, but something at Nuvuk must be different, because they described it as being like “pushing a shopping cart in sand.” Naturally, this meant that they got less done than they had hoped, but they saw some things and will have a plan view in the morning. I saw them this evening, and they’d already changed the configuration to a dragable sled, which seems like it might make tomorrow better for them.