Our author today, Erin.

It’s hot out today! Recently, the mercury has risen to ridiculous levels, making digging at Blumenhof an interesting job. An easy job in the morning becomes much more difficult in the afternoon as we try to sluggishly work through the intense heat. Breaks become more frequent and we linger longer. Screening has become an all-day affair as we try to catch an elusive breeze. Our attempts at finding shade have taken a drastic turn. Searching for cool comfort wherever we can find it has resulted in a wide range of solutions, from wetted hats and washcloths to beach umbrellas. Luckily, the canola has provided us with some shade as it is now tall enough to sit under.

Applying sunscreen and getting ready for the afternoon heat.

Massive water bottles are making an appearance on site as well. Thermoses filled with cool drinking water are everywhere! Hydration at Blumenhof has been a challenge, not only for ourselves but for our units as well. The dirt has been baking quite nicely over the weekend, and we are finding it almost impossible to dig through. Large collapsible coolers are the answer! Twice daily they make the trek to the site to be meticulously dripped onto our units. Unsurprisingly, this makes trowelling much easier, and we are all taking part in this handy trick!

A giant jug and a spray bottle of water ready to be used to loosen up the soil.

Even our cars have been taking a beating! Throughout these past 4 weeks, we have experienced many car issues, and have become experts at changing tires. Several of us are apparently having a competition to see who can destroy their vehicle first. Mercedes is winning this “competition”. Our vehicles will certainly deserve a break after the 6 weeks, and perhaps a nice car wash as well!

Field school has definitely proven that my fellow archaeology students are a remarkably talented and creative group of young adults. Through this outrageous weather, we are all still surviving and smiling, and I feel so glad to be working with such amazing people!

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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.