Our author today, Mercedes

It's been five weeks. It does not seem like that long since fourteen shy individuals sat in a classroom for seven hours being taught Mennonite history. We were preparing for a great voyage into a strange and distant land; the canola field. When we first began the canola was knee high to a grasshopper, and now we are drowning in it.

Today was our last day in the field. The morning crew backfilled as many holes as they could until their blistered hands returned for lunch. The lab was filled with giggles and paperwork. These past few weeks have been a delight. We have seen each other stopped on the road with flat tires, some have stopped to help, others just stand and watch. We have watched each other progress as students and as theorists. Mainly we theorise about the Ungers; how they lived, moved, and survived as a family. This week will be filled with lab time as we all have to write our reports on the site and our personal units. We have been finding many interesting artifacts along the way, and I will share just a few of them with you. Teeth, metal working files, a thimble, a coin, more nails then you could build a timber frame with, enough glass to make a nice sized window, very intricate and unique ceramic pieces, a few buttons, and the world's largest scapula (not actually but it's fairly large).

A tooth Mercedes and Erin excavated.

It's sad this time in the field is coming to an end, there are so many questions we have about the Ungers that are unresolved. Personally I have benefitted greatly by coming to this field school. Most of us hope to, one day, become real Archaeologists. We have discussed how we will be writing papers for our PHd's and reading each others, giggling about this time in Blumenhof and how we were just starting out.

I would like to send a thanks out to Roy Loewen for letting us dig one meter by one meter holes all over his field in search for treasure. I would also like to thank the community of Steinbach and the Mennonite Heritage Museum for putting up with our muddy feet, and everyone else involved with putting together such an excellent experience for us. It has been a blast... there should have been more teeth!

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About the Author

Barry is the Executive Director of the Mennonite Heritage Village. While he does not consider himself to be a historian, he places a high value on the preservation and interpretation of the Mennonite and pioneer stories that help people of all ages understand and appreciate their heritage. Learn more about the MHV.

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