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Journal page with field notes and sketches of pottery sherds

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These pages are typical of archaeological field notes, underscored with information on the logistics and daily travails of conducting archaeology in a tropical forest. Page 54 shows sketches of ceramics recovered from excavations at Wankibila. The pottery sherds, dull red with black painting, are now in the Smithsonian.  In addition to details of the excavation, Strong mentions the return of a party with supplies and describes an encounter with a poisonous snake, the fer de lance (barba amarilla or yellow jaw). Again, he notes the native term for the animal (puta).

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