Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I got floor today!
Sometimes at work I feel bored, over worked, and completely unsure. (Usually not all at the same time) But sometimes when I really feel like I am discovering something I get a sense of Yes! This is why I do this! I started on a new project last week working on sites along State Route 260 near Payson, AZ. I was assigned to work at a site on a hill top with what looked like 2 rooms/houses with masonry walls visible on the surface. I started excavating one of them with a daunting feeling due to the immensity of my "unit" and the fact that I was to dig it alone, or at least mostly. During the course of last week and the 2 days of this one I slowly took the dirt down 20cm at a time encountering hard clays and tons of rocks to slow my progress, but today I finally hit the floor! Along with 2 manos lying right on top, Triumph! The change from the charcoal filled rocky roof fall soil to a blaringly gray floor was glorious. Now I have a beautiful 3 foot high wall and the makings of a very nice floor, which is not usually the case. It has taken me weeks to finally reach the floor in other houses I've worked in, but I have never done a rock walled structure so I was totally at a loss as to what to expect. Granted I have only begun to uncover the floor and I will encounter many more obstacles while finishing, it's the small things like looking at a floor of a house not seen by anyone for 1000 years that makes the aches and pains all worth it.