I'll Teach them to Nickname Me "Indy", May 26-27, 1991

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

The Pre-Soak Cycle

To pre-was our Hummer before starting back home, we resorted to this. On a hot day it was pleasant.

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SSG Dennis Kieltyka figured that since I was a geologist, that made me sort of like Indiana Jones, so he took to calling me "Indy." I took that as a compliment. So it was fitting that I spotted some pottery fragments in the stream bank near the British camp.

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The knife above has its blade resting on a large shard. Below, some of the dirt has been brushed away to expose it.

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Since the shards were falling out of the bank anyhow and about to be lost, I collected them. Here's what they looked like assembled. We turned the shards in and reported all this. I have no idea what happened next.

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Backing off a bit, I recognized some buried walls. The stump where the pottery was found is on the right, one wall is very plain beneath the large boulder on the left, a second wall is less distinct a couple of meters to the right.

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Slightly more distant views.

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Further downstream, in an otherwise rock-free stream bank, were several clusters of large stones, some with charcoal. I collected some of the charcoal and turned it in also.

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So what does it mean? I suspect not very much. I doubt if you can dig a hole anywhere in Iraq without finding some kind of artifact. Given the shallow burial I doubt if this stuff is more than a few centuries old.

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