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Warren Wilson Archaeological Field School 2004
Day 21: Field Day, 7/17/04

Left: David Moore leads a site tour. Right: Rob Beck explains Structure 1 to a group.

It's as if our whole summer has been building up to this day, Field Day. Today we proved to our parents that something other than worms can come out of the ground, that all those ticks and bug bites we received over the past four weeks actually amount to something more than just welts, and that all our sweat was worth it (we have the T-shirts to prove it this year). Yes sir, we did it.

If the proud looks on our parents' faces weren't enough testimony of our success, the 800 or so visitors to the site today must be. With our "parking lot" filled to maximum capacity, and cars parked all up and down Henderson Mill Road, we drew a larger crowd today than we have in the past.

From left to right: Mike Patton, site supervisor, and his family; Lauren Zych talks about ceramics from the area; Johanna Vasek poses for a picture while conducting traffic; an exhibit at the Native technologies tent; and Emily Dale poses for a picture at the Spanish artifacts table.

And we were ready for these crowds, these flocks of people. With our traditional ceramics and Spanish artifacts tents with handy staff members on call to explain what was to be seen, as well as a Native technologies tent, a ceramics demonstration and sales tent by Catawba Nation members Evelyn George, Becky Garris, and Jean Usher, and a chunky court, set up for the young or the young-at-heart. And, as stated, for the first time, we even had our own Berry Site T-shirts for sale, items that went like ice cream on this mildly humid, not-so-hot day.

From top left to bottom right: folks gather around the Catawba tent; staff members welcome people to the Berry site; Megan Best explains the game of Chunky to a group; James Berry, Pat Berry, George Stuart, and Melinda Stuart pose for a picture; and Rob's family poses for a picture.

Yes, like the rest of our field season, today was a success. But all of it couldn't have been done without a great deal of help from some more than wonderful people. We'd like to thank all our Western Piedmont students for their hard work, their wonderful temperament, and their willingness and desire to learn. We'd also like to thank all our volunteers and Wilson field school students for pithcing in where needed, always being available to do whatever task, and doing so with a smile on their faces. Our staff members deserve a pat on their backs and some kind of trophy or gold star for their incredible work and the direction they provided throughout the season. Thanks to Mary Charlotte Sanford and her family for their help and their good home cooking, to Larry Clark for his excellent newspaper articles and the extra hand or two he lent through the season, to Western Piedmont Community College for their support and for the watermelons they donated on several hot occassions. Thanks to Patti Matthias for her wonderful pad she lets us crash in each summer, and, because we can never thank her enough, Mary Rodning for being (some of our) mother away from home.

From left to right: Emily Dale explains the Spanish artifacts to a group of site vistors, Evelyn George explains to Elijah Evans about Catawba ceramics, and the T-shirt tent.

Thanks to the Berry family, especially Pat and James Berry, and Burton and Audrey Berry, for hosting our public field days, for taking care of the Berry site, and for giving us access to the site for the archaeological project we are doing on their property. They have always served as the perfect hosts, and have treated us so much better than we deserve.

We'd also like to thank all our site visitors and friends, family for coming out and supporting us through the season.

And though there are a number of other people who deserve to be mentioned by name and have paragraph after paragraph written about them, there are three who this project thanks every day but who seldom receive the gratitude through this web page that they deserve: David Moore, Chris Rodning, and Rob Beck. This project would hardly be as rewarding as it is without their expertise, their guidance, their support, and their friendship. We have learned so much from each of them, gained so much from their patience and knowledge. Every night, they're the last three to bed, and every morning the first three to rise. They have been strong leaders and caring friends. They spend more time at the site than they do at the field house, and more time working on the Daily Log, expense reports, maps, artifact bags, returning phone calls, keeping the house together, running errands, and planning the project than they do in their beds sleeping. We can never thank them enough for their hard work or their compassion.

Chris Rodning, David Moore, and Rob Beck.

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