While we weren’t able to go to the historical society, we had a really interesting meeting on Tuesday with Nat Wilson, the digital archivist. It was really useful and interesting to see how we can search the archives and look at past Carletonian articles. I also found the artifacts that he brought out, particularly about the women’s league cabin, to be really cool. Starting with the pictures showing the “intended” use of the cabin, showing properly dressed women and veteran students in uniform having wholesome fun. In contrast, the letters he had from later on painted a different picture, as they detailed the break-ins and parties that had occurred at the cabin. Thus, we see through this a living history of the cabin and the change in its use over time, all left to us through the material culture.
This week, we did a field survey in the lower arb. We split into two groups and each surveyed two survey units. My job was to be in charge of the map, so I marked out the areas we surveyed on paper, and marked the corners of the area with flagging tape. Despite the rain, it was really interesting to be able to perform the field survey and working together as a team was really rewarding. It was cool to find the material culture that we did and to collect them and catalogue them systematically which made us feel like real archaeologists.