This is awesome. A group of folks, lead by archaeologists David G. Anderson, D. Shane Miller and Tom Pertierra, will be in Bells Bend for a month, starting today, Thursday, July 8, doing all sorts of cool stuff. They'll be running a field school, conducting a dig, and doing a series of presentations to the community.
People have inhabited Bells Bend continuously for at least 13,000 years, so presumably there's a lot to find.
There's an introductory lecture 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bells Bend Park nature center, and they have a nifty website (though it doesn't look like the daily news has an rss feed). And you can bet that, if I can get out there, I will be blogging about it as well.
I mean, dang, it's one thing to know intellectually that people have lived here for at least 13,000 years, but I want to know it in my bones, you know? That's one thing that I feel I have a great blind spot about. I wish I could look at the landscape of our city and not just see what people have done to and in the place since 1779. I'd like to recognize the traces of people going way, way back.
That would blow my mind.
Anyway, to register for the lecture, call 615.862.4187 or 615.568.8709.