Although the previous post might have suggested that we only came to Romania to feast with the locals, one of our main goals is to further excavate the Lower Paleolithic site of Dealul Guran located on a hillslope near the village. Having excavated an area of 5 m² in 2011 we extended the area to a total of 11 m² this year. During the current campagin several archaeological horizons from the Lower to the Upper Paleolithic yielded more than 500 lithics > 2,5 cm so far which were “shot” using the total station. Beside that the excavation team also filled 400 buckets of sediment to be sieved and analyzed later in the lab. That way also small finds are recorded which is necessary for a thorough analysis of site formation processes and to reconstruct the behaviour of Paleolithic humans at Dealul Guran.

The excavation team not only deals with the problem of having to dig in sometimes very hard sediment, but also has to set up a tarp every day to protect them from the hot sun, and to carry equipment as well as the above mentioned sediment samples up and down the hill. Furthermore having lunch on a steep slope is far from being easy. 😉

The tarp providing shade.

The tarp providing shade.

Radu shooting. Peştera in the background.

Radu shooting. Peştera in the background.

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