I just returned from two days of volunteering at an archeological site survey near the mouth of the Mattole River and feel like the luckiest history junkie I know. Jamie Roscoe’s team was doing work for the Bureau of Land Management to identify any potentially important cultural resource sites, and needed extra bodies to cover some ground. I raised my hand (actually, I put my name on a volunteer list) and yesterday there I was.
I’ll write more tomorrow about how it felt to ride along the same wagon road that Buckskin Jack Mann would have used, or to be along a river with so much history.
Suffice to say for now that it was a wonderful experience. We didn’t find much but even the possibility of finding something was enough for me.