The week started out on Sunday with the celebration of Baron Bliss Day with our traditional chicken barbeque. Baron Bliss was an individual who never set foot in Belize, but who anchored his yacht off Belize City. He died on his yacht and left his entire fortune to the country of Belize, which now has a national holiday (technically March 9) to celebrate this act of largess.
This week saw the formal wrap-up of all field work and a full transition to the laboratory. Monday witnessed section drawing with C208G and C208H being finished. The men numbered sherds and the students worked on washing bone. On Tuesday, backfilling began in earnest with C208G, C208H, and C207F being finished and section drawing moving to C95G and C95I. On Wednesday, section drawing was done on C95E and C95F with backfilling finishing C207G and the C207 plaza test; then, more sherd numbering and cataloguing. On Thursday, the section for C95G was finished in the morning and everything in C95 was backfilled by day’s end. Melissa Badillo from the Institute of Archaeology also arrived on Thursday afternoon to help finish up the field season. Friday morning the men went into the bush to get materials for building more shelving in the lab and then seven of them departed in late afternoon. On Saturday morning, the four remaining men tarp the Preclassic building in C207 in preparation for potential stabilization by the Institute of Archaeology during the off-season.
Staff and students continued laboratory work continued through Saturday afternoon with pots being drawing, cataloguing being done, and photography starting of the artifactual materials. The goal is to send out the material that the Institute of Archaeology wants on Tuesday when Melissa goes back to Belmopan.
The weather at Caracol has been very hot with a heavy rain only on Monday night and then dry and very humid for the rest of the week – a major change from the previous weeks.