You've met our
principal investigators, Dennis and Karl. I wanted you to meet my
new friends and Earthwatch teammates, too. You may have been wondering
what kinds of people volunteer for Earthwatch projects and how a
group of people who are not archaeologists could accomplish so much
in just one week! Including me, there were 12 members on our team.
Our ages ranged from 25 to 67. We came from the east coast (New
Jersey and North Carolina), the west coast (California and Oregon),
from the north (Maine, New Hampshire and Washington), the south
(Florida), and places in between (Illinois, Arizona, and New Mexico).
Five of us
were Earthwatch veterans, having participated in anywhere from one
to five previous projects. Half of us had previous volunteer archaeology
experiences, and three of us had professional experience or anthropology
degrees (archaeology is part of the field of anthropology). Our
group included a retired physical education teacher, a paramedic,
a retired Air Force nurse, a retired city planner, an online editor,
a retired Internal Revenue Service employee, a museum services assistant,
and, of course, a school librarian (that's me!).
Our group came
together for many reasons, but everyone came with a desire to learn
and to contribute to Karl's research. We worked hard and we ate
a lot (Dennis commented on this several times our team sure
could eat!). We laughed a lot, went for hikes together, roasted
marshmallows under the beautiful New Mexico stars, learned to throw
with an atlatl (a prehistoric spear thrower), and became friends.
of what we accomplished this week. I am sitting in the airport now,
and tomorrow I will be back at Hartford School. We thought of you
often while we were working in New Mexico. I hope that the reports
my team helped me write made you feel like part of our expedition,
and that some day you, too, will be a member of an Earthwatch team
helping to make valuable discoveries through important research
in the field!
Credits: Courtesy of Shayne Russell