The gravel knoll at Aztalan State Park is quiet now. The Michigan State University Archeology Field School ended several weeks ago,and all the remains are the filled in excavation units. The sounds of singing trowels and students sifting dirt through quarter inch mesh screens has been replaced by the songs of the redwing blackbird, hawks, and the occasional visitor. Many fond memories I am sure still linger with the Field School participants. The tales of wet, stormy days, and sleepless nights due to the incessant noise from the nearby peacocks have undoubtedly reach near mythical proportions.
Aztalan will be coming alive once again with archeological activity. Another field school, directed by Dr. John Richards of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has just begun. Dr. Richards will be working along the river bank north of the gravel knoll as well as the vicinity of the northeast platform mound. The datum has been established, the excavation area flagged. Weather permitting, Dr. Richards excavations will begin in earnest this coming week and continue work through the middle of August.
As I did with the MSU field school, I will be photographing the UW-Milwaukee archeologists progress at Aztalan, and will post updates and additional photos here.