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EM, GPS and waterfalls


As it turned out, the goats did not eat all our flags overnight, and we were able to complete a few surveys using the EM-38, EM-31, and GPR.

Back and forth!

John, Brian, Doug, Mark, and Ken took care of that while I sat around at a site down the road and watched the GPS, to set up some base stations for our next survey grid.

I had a great day hanging out with my friend the cow. (The roof of a reconstructed coffee mill is next to her.)

GPS points and flagging the new site didn’t take as long as the EM survey, so Doug, Ken, and I took off at 3 and headed to Trafalgar Falls for some “ground truthing.”

Not Grettir's Pool, but I'll take it!

Tomorrow we’re taking a break from survey to do the famous hike to Boiling Lake.  Monday it’s back to the first site for a magnetometer survey, then we’ll start on the second survey area!

Author: Kathryn Catlin

Kathryn Catlin is an alumna of UMass Boston's Historical Archaeology MA program and a current PhD student in Anthropology at Northwestern University. Kathryn's research interests include the social and economic dimensions of settlement and colonization in Iceland, medieval England, and the colonial US. She is interested in developing survey techniques, including geophysical survey as well as more traditional archaeological methods, to describe relationships between the development of social inequality and the causes and consequences of environmental change. She has participated in numerous Fiske Center projects, including seasons in Iceland, Greenland, the Caribbean, and across New England.

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