Camp Amache: Day 5

Today was our final full day in the field. Unfortunately, it appears we are losing tomorrow to rain, so we’re relegating it to processing and relaxing/catching up on needed sleep here in the hotel before we fly out of Denver back to Tampa on Monday. I can’t believe how fast this trip went, how much we did, but also how little it is in the grand scheme of things.

Another crazy early morning watching the sunrise over the high plains while the Faro taunts my lack of caffeination.

We successfully completed block 12K, the block closest to the water tower, and moved on to the recreation hall in block 11F.

We successfully scanned the interior and half of the exterior before I returned to the museum for one final day of artifact scanning. I fought with the sweater again, and then moved on to two decorated gourds: one covered in katakana and kanji having won the gourd competition in camp in 1944, and the other embellished with seeds from around the site as well.

Structured light was not the right choice for these amazing pieces of origami made from Marlboro cigarette wrappers, but I took pictures of their awesomeness anyway.

Unfortunately, this was the last object I handled, as our day was over. Kylie had to return to the field, and the DU crew were headed back to end their week. I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to them, but Kylie got the chance once she concluded her work. I needed to unwind in the hotel, but my nap attempt failed when phone calls started rolling in.

Tomorrow we wrap up with processing and maybe a few more hours of field time, I’ll see how I feel. Fibromyalgia is evil, but I can push through it when I have to. Either way, I’m looking forward to finally getting a day to sleep in for the first time since before I flew up here.

Enjoy this gallery of photos I took around the museum!


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