First excavation in Aleipata!

We completed two days of excavation on one of our more promising locations (based on last year’s cores). Down to just above the water table in out 1×2 unit and tomorrow we will probably get out the generator and pump.

Mana Laumea rippin' out Layer III! (bonus points for wearing a lavalava during excavation). That clean white sand is the 2009 tsunami deposit.

Mana Laumea rippin’ out Layer III! (bonus points for wearing a lavalava during excavation). That clean white sand is the 2009 tsunami deposit.

We’ve also begun total station survey before Chip Fletcher and his crew arrive from the University of Hawaii (SOEST).

Joe Mills teaching Mana Laumea and Sheila Warren (National University of Samoa) how to use the total station. Joe and Mana are apparently having a "hands on hips" competition.

Joe Mills teaching Mana Laumea and Sheila Warren (National University of Samoa) how to use the total station. Joe and Mana are apparently having a “hands on hips” competition.

We’ve had great support from Satitioa Village and Taufua Beach Fales, and the Centre for Samoan Studies of the National University of Samoa. Also check out twitter feed by Joe Mills: @OBearded

Not a bad place to download the day's survey data and play with ArcGIS.

Not a bad place to download the day’s survey data and play with ArcGIS.