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Ariana Yanez Field Blog 2, June 24, 2019

The first week of excavation was challenging because our excavation units ended up becoming more complex as the days passed. I quickly realized that there will be unexpected situations in the field that will test my skills and abilities. I faced challenges with artifacts and stratigraphy that I have not dealt with before and had to adapt new techniques and have confidence in my knowledge. I definitely had a lot of learn-by-doing situations.  

Archaeology students working in a cave in Belize.
Over these past days, I learned more than I ever would in a classroom setting, especially because I’m more of a hands-on learner ~~ Ariana Yanez
Over these past days, I learned more than I ever would in a classroom setting, especially because I’m more of a hands-on learner. I figured out what skills I still needed to strengthen and repetition helped me fine tune them. I have sharpened my skills with such things as: how to use a compass for different purposes, photography, setting up an excavating unit on my own, how to identify cave features and landscape modification, and worksite safety within an archaeological excavation or survey. I know undergrad students would definitely benefit from experiences working in the field.