Wednesday, 14 October 2015

USA Day 4

Yesterday was spent at Crow Canyon archeological site. It dates from about 1250 and only lasted about 30 or 40 years. And ended in disaster with all the inhabitants being killed off. It was a substantial village or pueblo with a defensive outer wall of masonry and outlook towers and when it was excavated, lots of bodies were found unburied. We were given  a tour of laboratories where the excavated material was recorded and analysed. Some beautiful ceramics, tools. And then we were taken out to see a set of excavations. This is a workplace and there were no other tourists around. I really do not know how the tour manager managed to get in. It seems like we must have been taking the archeologists away from their work. I took no photos partly because I felt we were intruding, though we were made very welcome.

On the way to Crow Canyon, we stopped at Newspaper Rock which is covered with drawings. Two at the very top which are darker are Archaic , about 500AD. The rest date from about 1500 AD and include some 21st century ones.

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.